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MS Dhoni looks at positives after Mumbai loss: 'Losses like these make you humble'

India Today logo India Today 29/04/2018 Ranit Das
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Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni refused to be bogged down after a eight-wicket drubbing at the hands of Mumbai Indians at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday.

It was a match where CSK lost the plot after a great start with the bat but did take it close towards the end of the MI innings with the ball but a cool-headed Rohit Sharma (56 not out off 33 balls) steered his side to their second victory of this year's Indian Premier League.

But Dhoni feels that there are more positives in the loss than negatives.

"Losses like these make you humble. If you keep winning, you don't know the areas you've to work hard. It's a good game, gives us an idea of what we should do in such situations: whether we need to score 20 runs more. It's still early in the competition," said the CSK captain.

"It's important to realise what went wrong. Losses like these makes you learn a lot. We've relied on brilliant individual performances, but here we were 10-15 short," he added.

Dhoni also feels that they have won a fair number of games and this loss will give them the time to analyze things going into the business end of the tournament.

"We have won quite a few games. We now have time to analyze what needs to be done. Overall, it was a tight game and ended in the last over. You should not lose in the 14th or the 15th over, because that will affect the run-rate," Dhoni said.

MSD was also all praise for the Mumbai bowlers, who pulled things back brilliantly for the defending champions. CSK were 97/2 from 11.2 overs but could only manage 72 runs from the remaining 52 balls to end on 169/5 from their 20 overs.

"Mumbai Indians bowled well in the middle overs. You need pace on this wicket, they bowled back of length, so it wasn't coming on. If you have pace, you can push the batsmen back. Playing cross-batted shots weren't easy. Their spinners also bowled well," said the 36-year-old.

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CSK will remain on top of the table for the time being with 10 points from seven games, with a net-run rate of +0.53. They next play host Delhi Daredevils on Monday, who just hammered Kolkata Knight Riders to register their second win of the tournament.

Mumbai on the other hand will travel to Bengaluru and play Virat Kohli's men on Tuesday. They currently sit sixth on the table with 4 points and a net run-rate of +0.33

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