Skipper MS Dhoni praised Suresh Raina and Mike Hussey for setting up Chennai Super Kings’ comfortable four-wicket win over Titans in a high-scoring Champions League T20 match in Ranchi on Sunday.
Hussey (47) and Raina (47) swung the match decisively in CSK’s favour with their 89-run stand in just 44 balls for the second-wicket, which helped them chased down the daunting target of 186 with seven balls to spare at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium.
“It was a difficult target to chase, but Raina and Hussey batted really well. We were just looking to see how the first ten overs were going to turn out as the ball would be drier and could swing.
But they saw through that period well and after that attacked and put the bad balls away, which is very important during a chase like this,” he said.
“What really pleased me most was when Hussey and Raina got out and came back into the dressing room, they were really upset and that really says a lot,” he added. Dhoni said his bowlers need to tighten up things.
“I was a little worried initially after we’d given away so many runs, but we’ll have to tighten up. Our bowlers need to tighten up. Even saving six or seven runs makes a difference because say its the 20th over, it could be the difference between chasing 11 runs or 18,” he said.
Man-of-the-match Suresh Raina said his stint with India ‘A’ when they toured South Africa helped him overcome his perceived weakness against bouncing deliveries.
“My stint with India ‘A’ side when we went to South Africa helped me work on my short-ball play,” he said.