Pune, Apr 15: Pune warriors captain Sourav Ganguly praised his bowlers despite a brilliant finish from his batsmen to beat Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets during their IPL match on Saturday.
Pune bowlers restricted the defending champions to 155 for five, in reply, the Warriors chased the target with four balls to spare.
Jesse Ryder and Steven Smith's unbeaten 66 runs partnership helped Pune win their third match to claim the top spot in the points table.
"I am proud of the way the bowlers bowled, Ashish Nehra and Ashok Dinda did a good job. Smith has improved immensely from what I had seen last," Ganguly said during the post match presentation ceremony.
Skipper Ganguly said the win against Chennai will give confidence boost for his side.
"It was good, great cricketing pitch. When you win against a team like Chennai you get a buzz," he said.
Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt his team struggled at crucial phases and failed to execute the plans.
"It was even-steven, but our execution wasn't good, we have struggled in the first six and the last few overs," Dhoni said.
Asked about the decision to hand over the ball to Yo Mahesh for the last over, Dhoni said, "Just wanted to check who wanted to bowl, asked YoMi whether he wanted to bowl and he looked positive, so threw him the ball. That is how you learn."
Though the Super Kings have a strong batting line-up with several world-class all-rounders, Dhoni admitted his side lack a strong bowling attack.
Jesse Ryder, who was adjudged man of the match for an unbeaten 73, said he wanted to bat throughout the innings, "I wanted to bat through the innings, I wanted to continue with that idea, Steven Smith made it easy for me to do that. This was a different track to the one we played on in the first game and made it easy to play the strokes," the New Zealander said.
Ryder also credited the crowd for their support, "The home crowd is amazing and they are supporting us well. Smith did a good job too. I didn't want to throw my wicket away after getting a flier."