Johannesburg: Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had high praises for his spinners who bowled exceptionally well to restrict dangerous Warriors to a mediocre 128 for seven in the Champions League T20 at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg.
Muttiah Muralitharan and Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed five wickets between them for just 32 runs at the Wanderers, after a promising start by Warriors who were looking to post a big target but just fell apart after the introduction of spinners by Dhoni.
"They got off to a perfect start, the kind of start needed in the final of a big tournament like this," said Dhoni.
"But we all knew the spinners' spell would be the key feature.
"We have banked a lot on them throughout. They started well, but then Ashwin got the wicket of Davy Jacobs at the end of the sixth over and after that we were able to put some pressure on their batting."
R. Ashwin and Muttiah Muralitharan were instrumental for Chennai throughout the League with the duo finishing first and second highest wicket takers respectively. R Ashwin bagged 13 wickets while Murali ended with 12.
They were key to Chennai's success and deservedly got praises for their commendable show in the finals.
Dhoni also had prasies for Laxmipathy Balaji, the medium-pacer who went for 28 in his four overs, 18 of those runs coming from his final six balls.
"Also let's not forget the bowling spell of Balaji," said Dhoni.
"That was also important to keep the pressure on from both sides and we saw how his spell allowed for Murali and Ashwin to get wickets."
The target put on by the Warriors was eventually too small to defend as the CSK side overcame it in a comprehensive manner, winning by eight-eickets.