“We were outplayed by CSK, but it was just an off-day for us. We did not bat well. There were bad balls but we could not put them across the rope. It’s a bad day.
“The tournament has just started and it was just one day, which went wrong. We have a lot of youngsters and they will take time to settle down in the tournament,” he said at the post-match briefing,” he said.
The former Australia wicketkeeper recalled his bowlers’ good show against Pune Warriors. “The bowlers have played well in previous match,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mike Hussey, who hit an unbeaten 86 to take Chennai Super Kings through, sounded quite satisfied with the team’s performance. “Our bowlers performed very well. Our fielding too put a lot of pressure on Punjab. Great conditions out here, the outfield was really fast. I enjoyed batting with (Murali) Vijay.
He was great support for me out there and he kept me calm. I had a bit of luck; you always need some luck,” Hussey said.
Skipper Dhoni also showered praise on his teammates. “The bowlers bowled really well, the fast bowlers did a very good job and R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja backed them up. We needed this win and it was important that we did well with the bat,” Dhoni said.
Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 138-5 (David Hussey 41; Dwayne Bravo 3-27) lost to Chennai Super Kings 139 for no loss in 17.2 overs (Mike Hussey 86*, Murali Vijay 50*) by 10 wickets