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CSK Twitter handle mocks Dhoni and co. for slow batting

On Monday, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) suffered their 7th loss of the season, which effectively brings their 2020 IPL campaign to an end.  The Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) trounced their east-coast rivals by 7 wickets at Abu Dhabi to acquire 2 important points and advance to the fifth spot on the points table. 

From a Chennai fan’s perspective, it was disheartening to see their batsmen disappoint for the umpteenth time; especially in a crucial do-or-die match. Winning the toss, captain MS Dhoni opted to bat, seemingly eager to set a tricky run-chase for his Rajasthani rivals. But that wasn’t to be- as the seasoned CSK batting lineup delivered an underwhelming no-show.

CSK’s dismal outing with the bat

Barring Ravindra Jadeja (35* off 30), no other Chennai batsman was able to cross the 30-run mark; MS Dhoni’s run-a-ball 28 being the second-highest individual score on that list. The team seemed particularly uncomfortable against RR’s wrist-spin duo of Rahul Tewatia (4-0-18-1) and Shreyas Gopal (4-0-14-1).

Rajasthan’s middle-over spin strangle severely curtailed CSK’s run-scoring means; they could never really recover from that batting blip. The #whislepodu brigade ultimately finished with a sorry total of 125- a score much lower than the ground’s par-score. 

In what has been a constant all through the season, social media fans were quick to criticize Chennai for their embarrassing batting display. The mid-innings break period saw Twitter and Facebook circulate all kinds of memes and jokes around CSK and their ‘lack of intent’- another constant- while batting. 

CSK Twitter account resorts to self-humor to cheer fans’ mood.

It even came to a point where the CSK Twitter handle couldn’t help but accept the situation through some light-hearted self-humor. Here’s a tweet they posted after CSK’s red-ball like innings. 

CSK Dhoni IPL 2020

Humor aside, CSK – much to their credit- did resume their bowling innings in proper, test-match fashion. Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazelwood hit the perfect, test-match lengths and scalped three quick wickets in the powerplay. But they couldn’t make much of an impact following that opening burst; as an on-song Jos Buttler comfortably polished off the chase with a gritty 48-ball 70. 

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