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‘Glenn was just extraordinary’

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday conceded that his side were beaten “fair and square” by a better opponent.

Dhoni felt the bowlers needed to work hard and bowl in the right areas.

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George Bailey: When we came out to chase 206, I just told my teammates to remain positive. It was a pretty good wicket to bat on. The way they were batting at the start of the innings, I thought we would be chasing something around 230. But our bowlers did well to pull things back in the middle overs.

Glenn Maxwell was just extraordinary today. Anyway, he has been in great touch for sometime now and I hope he continues to do it for Kings XI Punjab.

His was a brilliant innings. Still, we can’t rely only on him to get us wins every time. There are certain areas we need to work onů We need to do a lot better in bowling and fielding.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: It was a fantastic wicket to bat on and it remained the same throughout both the innings. When you score more than 200, you mustn’t forget that the opposition has every chance of scoring it as well. They batted well.

We batted well too and with the amount of runs that we had on the board, I can say that the batsmen did their job. We could have done better with the ball.

We were a bowler short. In addition to that, Dwayne Bravo went off the field with a shoulder injury. Bravo was not fit to bowl in the innings anyway. We played him as a batsman. But the bowlers should have had certain plans for certain individuals and could have done certain things differently.

Glenn Maxwell (MoM): Even though I play a lot reverse-sweeps, I remain a right-handed batsman. I try to manipulate the field as much as I can. I try to upset the bowler and find the gaps as much as possible. That’s what I tried to do today and it worked.

It feels pretty good to chase down a 200-plus target against an amazing team like the Chennai Super Kings.