Suresh Raina credits CSK bowlers for victory

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Published: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 14:41 [IST]
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Raina credits Chennai bowlers for win

Chennai, May 5: Chennai Super Kings middle-order batsman Suresh Raina credited bowlers for their comfortable 10-run victory over Deccan Chargers in their IPL clash in Chennai on Friday.

"It was Ben Hilfenhaus' first match and I thought he bowled brilliantly. So did Albie (Morkel) and Dwayne (Bravo). (Ravindra) Jadeja's first two overs were brilliant. So a lot of credit of this win goes to our bowling," Raina, who was adjudged man of the match, said during the post match press conference.r

Raina also claimed the crucial wicket of Deccan skipper Kumar Sangakkara, which he believes turned the game Chennai's favour.

"I was introduced because Dhoni thought it's better that an off-spinner bowled to a left-hander and if I got a wicket in the first over, he said he would give me a second over.

"I was focusing on not giving easy room to him. It was a crucial wicket because he is a great batsman and he can take the game away from you if he stays till the end," he explained.

With the strong line-up they, Raina feels there is room for improvement in some areas.

"We have the best fielding unit in the tournament but still there are areas we need to improve like with our direct throws. For a team, there is always some scope of improvement," he said.

Raina became the only player in IPL history to score more than 2000 runs, "It's god grace and there will be lot more expectations. I'm lucky to have played with legends of the game such as Stephen Fleming, Matthew Hayden, Mike Hussey and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he said.

"I hope it will only improve and there's a long way to go this season, as we have the IPL before the T20 World Cup and the ODI series in Sri Lanka, he added.

CSK's struggle with the bat cost them two home games prior to the win against Deccan on Friday,

"We need to bat really well in that period. Today, the plan was that the top three should go and get a good start, which we did. One of them could have been there till the 16th over.

"With wickets falling, it's not easy for MSD to score at a fast pace. Ravindra Jadeja started off really well but he should do better," he said.

When asked about the pitch conditions at home, Raina said, "We are playing away for a while and I think it will be good for us because we will be playing on different surfaces. Frankly, I didn't understand the wickets here and the practice pitches were always different from the ones we played on but I can't complain about it," he said.


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