Welcome back to the land of normalcy, where supermen and super-overs don’t exist – only two palpable contenders for the wooden spoon. The Royals have one-upped the Super Kings, first choking their batting, which no longer remains the mission it once was, courtesy a spin-choke and the incredible Archer. It was then up to their batsmen to walk them across the line without a lot of panic – which they did, panic I mean, but better sense prevailed as theirtwo overseas giants batted through to the end after a top-order collapse, much to the dismay of the Super Kings.
Dhoni | CSK captain: There was a bit for the fast bowlers. The reason I brought on Jadeja was to see how much it’s stopping. But it didn’t stop much like in the first innings. Then the option was to go with the seamers and then bring on the spinners when the ball got older. In the second innings I think it got better because our spinners didn’t get the same bite. It’s not always supposed to go your way. That’s why what we try is going back to the process and see if the process is wrong or maybe we weren’t able to execute. Result is always a byproduct of the process. What it does is it helps you think in a positive way. We play in front of millions of people so there is nothing to hide. The fact remains that if you’re busy with the process then the undue pressure of results doesn’t get into the dressing room. We’ve tried a few things. That’s one thing you don’t want to do. You don’t want to chop and change a lot. Because what happens is after three-four-five games you’re not sure of anything. You want to give guys a fair go then if they’re not performing then you switch and go to someone else and give them a run. Insecurity is something you don’t want to prevail in the dressing room. Fair enough, this season we weren’t really there. Also there were few chances to the youngsters. Maybe we didn’t see the kind of spark that they could’ve given us to say okay you know push the experienced guys and make space for them. But what this result has done is give those youngsters whatever is left in our league stages. They will get a chance and have no real pressure on them so they can go out and express themselves. And give us the option of looking at the other options in the batting lineup or where they’d like to bat.
Steven Smith | RR (winning) captain: Sharjah is a little different from here. The wicket was stopping, not the best for batting, and good to be on the winning side. I thought we bowled well in the powerplay. The spinners bowled good lengths, with the googlies and leggies, building a lot of pressure. Tewatia and Shreyas have been sensational for us. Buttler took the pressure off me. I just knocked it around, and he just batted the way he usually does. He always maintains a good strike-rate. I didn’t know I’d nicked the ball (LBW call), but I was relieved to see that I had.
Jos Buttler is the man of the match.