Dhoni blames defeat on batting collapse
A top order batting collapse by the Chennai Super Kings was one of the major factors in their 31 run defeat against the Deccan Chargers according to skipper MS Dhoni.
"I think we played too many big shots too early and that happens in a Twenty20 game because you have 190 to get off only 120 deliveries," he said.
"We could have taken a little time to get settled in, but this is the first game of the tournament for us and the guys digressed a bit from their roles. It's not worrying, but we could have done better and we have the players to do it."
"I think we should have restricted them to 170-175 and the last two overs were particularly expensive. Those 20-odd runs which we gave away in the last two overs really makes a difference in this format."
"We are doing well in practice, but we need to carry that form into the matches."
Adam Gilchrist meanwhile was happy that the Chargers had won their first game of this years IPL after their disappointing loss on Friday night against the Kolkata Knight Riders
"This is a fantastic all-round performance and a really big win to get the momentum going and get some points on the board," he said.
"The Chennai team is a very strong team and every time you get a wicket you find the next guy who walks in has a power game and can take the game away from you," he added.
"Credit to Gibbs and Symonds, they really showed the wealth of experience that they have. They took their time, didn't panic and showed their maturity at the end of the innings."