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Dale Steyn reacts to Suresh Raina's poor batting, ‘He looked like a school boy cricketer'

Former South African fast bowler Dale Steyn, who recently retired from cricket, gives his strong opinion where Suresh Raina once again disappointed with his batting.

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Last updated: 20.09.2021
Dale Steyn reacts to Suresh Raina poor batting in IPL

Former South African fast bowler Dale Steyn, who recently retired from cricket, gives his strong opinion where Suresh Raina once again disappointed with his batting in the match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult who troubled Suresh Raina with his deadly bowling and finally showed the way to the dug-out when he was dismissed on a short pitch ball.

 

Talking to ESPN Cricinfo, Dale Steyn says it is sad that one of the best IPL batsmen is battling in a way that reminds of a first-class cricketer.

 

“He (Suresh Raina) didn’t want anything of it. He looked like a school boy cricketer at a point. I couldn’t believe this is an international player doing what he was doing, almost embarrassing that he broke his bat and got out. Had that gone for six, maybe I won’t have said that but it is what we saw.”

 

Chahar, standing on point, caught Raina off Trent Boult's delivery, which put an end to Raina's innings and put Chennai Super Kings in complete trouble.

 

Chennai Super Kings could only manage 24 runs in the first 6 overs where their 4 wickets had fallen due to accurate bowling from New Zealand speed merchants Trent Boult and Adam Milani. After three wickets for 7 runs, Chennai had high hopes from Ambati Rayudu to emerge and bring back the team, but after he retired hurt, the match completely went in the court of Mumbai Indians.

 

Dale Steyn credits New Zealand bowlers Trent Boult and Adam Milne for a fine start for Mumbai Indians in the match,

 

“It was perfect bowling, almost perfect Test match bowling. They ran in, they hit the length really hard. Couple of lucky dismissals too. The semi bouncer to Dhoni, who gets a lot of it and gets caught at deep square. Little things like that went the way of bowlers when they bowl well and Milne and Boult started really well,” Steyn concluded.

 

Chennai Super Kings were almost out of the match but it was Rituraj Gaikwad’s unbeaten 88 that made Chennai Super Kings score 156 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Chasing a target of 157 runs, Mumbai Indians scored only 136 runs without any strong partnership and lost the match by 20 runs.

 

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