A relieved Mahendra Singh Dhoni, skipper of the Chennai Super Kings, said his team's bowling in the last four overs contributed hugely to the four-wicket win against the Nashua Cape Cobras in the Champions League T20 tournament, here on Wednesday.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
The Super Kings won by four wickets in a tense finish and two balls to spare after restricting the Cobras to 145 although the South African champions looked certain to post a 160-plus total.
"Bowling has never been our strength, but we have always come back strongly. Today, we bowled well in the last four overs to restrict Cobras," said Dhoni after the game. "It was an important game for us and now that we have won, we are all evenly placed," pointed out Dhoni with reference to Super Kings, New South Wales and Cobras all being on two points, behind Mumbai Indians who are on four.
Regarding the rather shaky chase that gained momentum only after Dwayne Bravo came in and blasted a 25-ball 46 not out, Dhoni said the batsmen committed a mistake by not looking for singles. "I thought we did not rotate strike enough today. We were more intent on the big shots and lost wickets," he added.
Cobras skipper Justin Kemp opined that his team poor batting in the last four overs cost them the match and though Jean-Paul Duminy bowled well to claim four for 20, the Kings had a stronger batting line-up to chase the target. "We hoped to score a few more, but didn't bat well in the last four or five overs. They bowled well, but still, I thought our total was competitive as we had three spinners," said Kemp.