Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday blamed free hits conceded to the opposition after his side’s defeat at the hands of Highveld Lions in Champions League Twenty20.Dhoni said that these had shifted the momentum in favour of the opposition.His side lost by six wickets to slump to their second consecutive defeat.The Lions hit a six off a free hit in the ninth over bowled by Albie Morkel and then a four of a similar penalty in the 17th over bowled by R Ashwin. “The timing of the no-balls was crucial. Small things matter. All of a sudden the momentum shifted, they were able to score a lot more freely,” Dhoni said. Dhoni, however, said that the 158 his side posted was a challenging total though they could have scored more.