Chennai: Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looked visibly pleased as his team maintained a clean slate at their home in the IPL. The skipper said he was proud of the teams effort.
Our home record is something that we can be really proud of. We still have a few matches… And the good thing is, if we enter the final, we have to play it here, said Dhoni.
Man of the Match Wriddhiman Saha played a useful knock and planned the innings well to see the Super Kings pile up the total.
When I came out, I wanted to rotate the strike… And as I soon got settled, I was looking for the big shots, said Saha.
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Our home record is something that we can be really proud of. We still have a few matches… And the good thing is, if we enter the final, we have to play it here. It is a big achievement for us, but it does not mean that we can relax. We now have to be at our best, especially when we are in the knockout stages.
You dont want to win all games easily if you want to make the semis. You want to test your middle order, lower order and your bowlers in such a long tournament. I am glad that everybody is being tested and I think we are now ready for the big games.
With 155-odd runs, we were not looking at giving away too many runs in the first six overs. The game was even till the 10th over of the Kochi innings. But after that phase, the ball was not coming onto the bat and the wicket was slowing down... With quality spinners in the side, the game went in our favour. We could have got 10-15 runs more. We were a bit sluggish in the middle overs… And thats the area we will look to improve upon.
Parthiv Patel: I thought 150 runs were a good total to chase on this wicket. Our bowlers did well to restrict the strong Chennai batting line-up. We had a plan to preserve our wickets and accelerate towards the end… We were in the game till 10 overs and thought to up the ante around the 14th over mark… But it did not work out, as I think we were two overs late. Chennai wicket is always on the slower side, but this pitch was very good.
As a new team, I think we did well to win six games. We did not have big names in our squad, but everyone contributed.
Wriddhiman Saha: The team decided that if the wickets fell early, I would be sent. I am glad that I got a chance today to perform as well. When I came out, I wanted to rotate the strike… And as I soon got settled, I was looking for the big shots. We thought 140-150 was a good score since we have quality bowlers in our side. The West Indies tour is a good opportunity for me to showcase my talent.
Ravichandran Ashwin: I have been bowling to McCullum a lot of times in the past six months. I have got him a few times, so I thought I would get him again today. That is the positive thought that I went in.
I wanted him to hit straight down the ground which is not his strength.... And he fell in my trap... A nice feeling.