'They played better than us' - Dhoni

Published: Sunday, May 24, 2009, 11:15 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was very much depressed after their defeat in the semi final against Chennai Super Kings at Johannesburg.

He felt that if they had scored 15-20 runs more, they would have surely won the semi-finals against Bangalore Royal Challengers on Saturday.

Chennai lost the match to Bangalore by six wickets in the second semi-final of the Indian Premier League.

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After a good start provided by Parthiv Patel and Mathew Hayden, Chennai could not carry on the momentum and managed just 146. In reply, Bangalore achieved the target with seven balls to spare.

“They played better cricket than us. We were looking for a score around 160, but me and Raina got out at the wrong time. We were short by 15 runs. Overall disappointed, but they outplayed us. Our bowling department was a bit fragile right through the tournament," said a dejected Dhoni.

Chennai captain also felt the slowness of the pitch also affected their batting while admitting his bowlers didnt do a good job either.

His counterpart, former India captain Anil Kumble said the boys were excited about tomorrow where they take on Deccan Chargers in the final.

“One more win tomorrow, that"s what the team should desire," said Kumble. Kumble credited youngster Manish Pandey and Rahul Dravid for scripting the win and also lauded his bowlers for restricting Chennai to within 150.

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