Kimberley: Chennai Super Kings might have scored an easy looking seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals here on Saturday night but skipper M.S. Dhoni said chasing 140-odd runs was not easy on the slow and turning track.
“We thought the wicket would remain same but it wasn’t. There was too much dew in the evening and we gave 15 runs extra on this track. It was turning.
“The plan was to have one lefty stay there till the end and that’s exactly what Hayden did. We made it look easy but it was tough,” Dhoni said after the match
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Dhoni also praised S. Badrinath, who scored a brilliant unbeaten 59 to play a big part in Chennai’s win.
“Hayden was brilliant and Badri made the most of the opportunity to bat up the order. We need to improve fielding but overall I am happy with the performance.”
Losing skipper Shane Warne too praised the Chennai batsmen.
“I think we were 20 runs short and left too much for ourselves in the end. But it was a fighting total and we fought all the way. Chennai showed their class. They batted brilliantly.
“We are playing good cricket and will keep winning to be in (the) semis,” Warne said.
Badrinath credited his good batting to teammate Hayden, from whom he got tips to handle the dangerous Warne.
“Credit goes to Hayden. He has played a lot with Warne, so he knows how to handle him. His tips were very useful. I had to stay on the wicket and batted with patience. But then I played my natural shots,” he said. — PTI