IPL 2022: CSK captain Ravindra Jadeja blames dropped catches for defeat vs Lucknow Super Giants

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Chennai Super Kings captain Ravindra Jadeja on Thursday blamed dropped catches for their second successive defeat in IPL 2022 as LSG gunned down the 211-run target with three balls to spare.

“Robbie and Shivam Dube were playing brilliantly. We had a good start, but in the fielding, we have to take catches then you’ll win matches,” Jadeja said in post-match presentation ceremony.

“We should have taken those chances. There was a lot of dew, the ball wasn’t sticking to the hand. Next time, we have to practise with the wet ball. We batted brilliantly in the top-six and in the middle-overs. The wicket was very good to bat on. As a bowling unit, we need to execute our plans,” he further added.

Lucknow Super Giants beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in IPL 2022 match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Chasing a target of 211, LSG chased down the target with three balls to spare.

Uthappa scored a fluent 50 off 27 balls to give CSK a solid start before Shivam Dube made 49 off 30 deliveries, while skipper Ravindra Jadeja (17 off 9) and MS Dhoni (16 off 6), who slammed two fours and a six, provided the final flourish to ensure that the four-time champions have plenty of runs on the board.

For LSG, Evin Lewis and Quinton de Kock scored half-centuries while KL Rahul also played a fine cameo at the top of the order.

Young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi (2/24) did a tremendous job with the wet ball in an otherwise insipid performance by the Super Giants’ bowling unit. Andrew Tye (2/41) managed to pick two wickets in his final over.

Put in to bat, Uthappa looked like a man on a mission as he slammed Avesh Khan (2/38) for back-to-back boundaries off the first two balls of the innings. With the ball coming nicely onto the bat, he smashed it all over the park.

CSK were dealt a blow when a direct hit by Bishnoi from backward point marked the end of Ruturaj Gaikwad (1), who was well short of the crease in the third over.

But Uthappa, and new man Moeen Ali (35), continued the assault by dealing only in fours and sixes.

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