Leading from the front, MS Dhoni scored unbeaten 75 off 46 balls to set up Chennai s eight-run win against Rajasthan. @PTI

While Chennai had an early stutter, skipper MS Dhoni came to the team’s rescue yet again to set up his side’s eight-run win against Rajasthan at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in the Indian T20 League 2019 on Sunday.

Chennai were three down for 27 before Dhoni and Suresh Raina added 61 runs together before the left-hander was dismissed. Dhoni, then put up a 56-run partnership with Dwayne Bravo. The Chennai skipper batted till the end, launching into the attack in the final stages of the innings as the hometeam scored 58 runs in the last three overs. (ALSO READ: Dhoni, Bravo keep Chennai s winning streak intact despite Rajasthan s late surge)

Dhoni highlighted that Chennai needed a partnership and said that the team knew that batting would get easier as the game progressed.

“We wanted to get a partnership going – that was needed. We knew there was some dew on the field. We knew it would get easier as the game progresses. We bat quite deep – until 9 (Mitchell Santner). We could accelerate in the last few overs, and we wanted to get a partnership going at that time,” said Dhoni.

Chennai made one change to their playing XI as Mitchell Santner replaced Harbhajan Singh in the team. Dhoni though made it clear that it is not important to make changes if not necessary. (ALSO READ: As a batting unit we need to take responsibility for loss against Chennai: Ajinkya Rahane)

“We have a stable XI and there were a lot less left-handers in the opposition, so we gave Mitch Santner a go. It isn’t that important to make changes if not necessary. As the tournament progresses everyone will get more chances. As the tournament progresses, bowlers start executing their plans much better,” said Dhoni.

Chennai won their second game at home this season defeating Rajasthan. While Imran Tahir enjoyed a good run in his four-over spell, the other two spinners – Santer and Ravindra Jadeja – conceded 49 runs in four overs. Dhoni said the two left-handed spinners found it hard to grip the ball. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over-rate)

“Initially I thought we would look at how the fast bowlers would bowl so we could bring in the spinners. Jadeja and Santner found it hard to grip the ball. Irrespective of the results, it is important to cut the boundaries and it is difficult for the fast bowlers to execute. It’s better to keep hitting the same mark. Whether slower was a good option or not, we need to evaluate that. We need to cut the grass thinner but I don’t think this is a controllable factor,” said Dhoni.