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CL T20: Dhoni's CSK needs to plug bowling loopholes

Last updated on: October 15, 2012 16:39 IST

A narrow 14-run defeat was not the ideal start for former champions Chennai Super Kings, and they will look to make amends in their bowling when they taken on the impressive Highveld Lions on Tuesday.

Save a mini mid-innings collapse, Chennai batted well in Sunday's loss to Sydney Sixers, but the bowling was a concern, as they leaked too many runs at the death.

Most of the bowlers used by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni went for runs and he needs his frontline pacers -- Ben Hilfenhuas and Dough Bollinger -- to fire in the next game.

Mahendra Singh DhoniLeft-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja did a decent job and Ravichandran Ashwin played his part well, but the side conceded too many runs in the last six overs to make it tough for themselves.

Another defeat will put their semi-final chances in jeopardy as they will face a must-win situation in the last two matches.

Dhoni may also consider replacing pacer Yo Mahesh, who bowled a very expensive over of 18 runs and was never introduced into attack again.

Local outfit Lions is also a good batting unit. Veteran Neil McKenzie along with Quinton de Kock mowed down the Mumbai Indians attack without any fuss and hammered the defending champions by eight wickets.

The other Lions bastmen are yet to be tested in this tournament, but their bowlers gave a good account of themselves, especially fast bowler Dirk Nannes.

The left-arm pacer bowled very tight as he gave away just 15 runs and also took a wicket. Except for Chris Morris everyone else bowled quite impressively in the game against Mumbai.

For Chennai, Suresh Raina is in good touch and he brought his side to the brink of win against Sydney.

But the side will need contributions from Indian bunch of players such as Murali Vijay, Jadeja, S Badrinatrh and the captain himself to rein the Lions.

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