Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on Tuesday night. While losing captain David Warner was wary of the fact that they were at least 20 runs short, Dhoni lauded his bowlers’ performance in the middle and death overs to restrict the opposition. In a KKR-type move, CSK sent their seam-allrounder Sam Curran to open and it paid dividends.

“We used an extra spinner because an Indian batter hasn’t done well for us. That’s why Sam Curran went up and it wasn’t fair on Jagadeesan as well to bat at seven or eight. Sam Curran is a complete cricketer for us. You need a seaming all-rounder, he plays the spinners well and he can give us those 15-45 runs,” Dhoni said in a post-match presentation.

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Talking about Curran’s bowling abilities, Dhoni said, “A good left armer is always good to have in the side. You keep wondering whether the ball would come in or leave the batsman. As the tournament progresses we’ll get more comfortable with the death bowling, which is why we kept Sam away from the death and Thakur and Bravo took over,” Dhoni further added.

CSK got off to a beleaguered start in the IPL and Dhoni is of the opinion that they need to think more about the process and the points table will take care of itself.

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“We’ll get better. We need to think more about the process, the points table will take care of itself. We need to still see where the errors were in this game and what is important is to not brush anything under the carpet just because we won the game,” he further added.