Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday conceded that his side was beaten “fair and square” by a better opponent in its six-wicket loss against Kings XI Punjab in an IPL thriller here.

CSK posted a huge 205 for four after electing to bat thanks to half-centuries from Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum but KXIP chased down the target with seven balls to spare, riding on Glenn Maxwell’s magnificent 43-ball 95 and an unbeaten 54 from David Miller.

“When you score 200, you have to remember the opposition has every chance of scoring it as well. It was a fantastic wicket, they batted really well. We did well but they beat us fair and square,” Dhoni said after the match.

Dhoni said his side could have done better but refused to blame anybody for the loss.

“We should have done better with the ball. Batsmen did their job and bowlers should have had different plans for different players. Bowl right areas. The margin of error is very small. There was not much spin. Overall, it will be difficult for the bowlers. The game was down to the batsman,” he said.

Asked about Dwayne Bravo’s injury, Dhoni said, “Still he was not fit to bowl today, we played him as a batsman so we were a bowler short.”

An elated KXIP captain George Bailey said he told his teammates to be positive in their approach while chasing the mammoth target of 206.

“I told players to just try and be positive. It was a pretty good wicket. We pulled it back with the ball in the middle overs considering they (CSK) were heading for 230,” Bailey said.

“Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) has been in great touch and we hope he carries on for the team.”


Maxwell powers Kings XI to easy winApril 18, 2014