Centurion: Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had all praises for Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay for their outstanding contributions with the bat which helped his side to overhaul Wayamba by a comfortable 97-run margin in their Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 at Centurion.
Raina(87 off 44 balls) and Vijay(68 off 48) had put up a solid second wicket stand of 137 runs that came off just 72 deliveries, to help Chennai reach a mammoth 200 for three in their quota of 20 overs after having been asked to bat first.
"We did not want to bat first because in this ground it is very hard to defend. But once we were sent into bat, we needed couple of extra runs, something over 180.
"And exactly thats what the batsmen did. They started off cautiously and after that Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay batted brilliantly. They were easily picking up boundaries and in the end 200 is a very good score to defend," Dhoni said after his side had inched a step closer towards semifinals following their second consecutive win in Group A.
"We want to win each and every game that we play. But we always talk about not to think too much about the result, instead prepare well for the game. It is really important to prepare well and execute your plans on the field," he said.
Dhoni also praised his pace bowlers Albie Morkel and Doug Bollinger for their impressive show upfront.
"It is important to have a quick bowler in the side. Dougie (Bollinger) came in as a replacement for us and all of a sudden the team looked different with his inclusion because pace really matters," Dhoni said.
"Equally important was Albie Morkel's spell because he has got the neck of picking wickets," he added.