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‘Death bowling was superb’

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded his bowlers, especially young quick Mohit Sharma, for their superb death bowling that helped them beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets, in Dubai, on Friday.

“Our death bowling was superb today, and Mohit has been brilliant with his slower ones,” said Dhoni at the post-match presentation.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Our death bowling was superb today. We had a little bit of concern during the middle overs because they had a partnership going and had few wickets in hand as well. That meant the bowlers had to step up and they did that really well.

Some would say that if our two openers — Smith and McCullum — start competing against each other during a chase, matches would be over pretty quickly. Thankfully, they are not doing so; rather they are complementing each other.

Rohit Sharma: We were a little disappointed after we could put up only 141. We had a decent start and we targeted something around 160. We should have batted better since it was a good batting track. In the last three games we have not scored more than 140, which shows there’s some work to be done in batting. Bowlers, however, have done well in the previous matches.

Mohit Sharma (MoM): I am very happy with my performance today. Dhoni had told me not to bowl fast and at a regular pace.

The wicket was a bit two-paced and Dhoni had told me to mix up my bowling with slower ones. I just tried to follow his instructions. The odd ball was coming on to the bat nicely…

Our death bowling was good today and that’s why we could restrict them to 141. And then McCullum and Smith gave us the perfect start to win the match.