Defeat to CSK was a reality check, says Shreyas Iyer

Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer rued losing quick wickets as his team slumped to a 80-run defeat against the Chennai Super Kings at the M.A. Chidambaram on Wednesday.

“After the kind of start we got (Delhi was 52/2 at one stage), we should have at least reached close to the total. It was a reality check for us. We need to assess where we went wrong and come back strongly,” Iyer said at the post match presser.

Chennai recovered well after a sedate start thanks largely to MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 22-ball 44 which propelled the host to a winning total of 179.

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Asked about Dhoni’s impact, Iyer remarked, “We can’t blame our bowlers because you had an experienced campaigner like Dhoni in the middle. He can change the game from ball one and if he stays till the end, he can take them to a good total. The bowlers too feel the pressure when MS is in the middle.”

With in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan falling for 19 off 13 balls, Delhi needed Iyer and keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant to stitch a partnership. However, Pant was out to a rash shot off Imran Tahir’s bowling.

Iyer, acknowleding Pant could have played ‘smart’, said, “He has won matches for us earlier in the season. A batsman like him can turn the momentum with one innings.. so I wouldn’t want to curb his style. I like the way he bats.”

Delhi plays Rajasthan Royals in its last league game at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Saturday.

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