Kolkata, May 15: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni lauded Dwayne Bravo for his last-ball six to clinch a five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in their crucial IPL 5 match on Monday but also said that his side to bat well in the middle overs.
"It's very difficult in a game like this. We began strong with a solid partnership between Hussey and Vijay but did not bat well in middle overs. That is something we have to learn. But for Bravo's last ball six we would have lost the match," Dhoni said after the thrilling win.
After this victory, CSK are still in the hunt for the play-offs, but need to win their last game against Kings XI Punjab on May 17 in Dharamsala.
"We will take one game at a time and won't think for the playoffs now. We have to win our next match," he said.
Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir said his side were close to victory despite a good start from cSK openers Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey.
"We needed wickets and thanks to Sunil who got two wickets in one over we were in for a chance. But Dhoni batted well and then Bravo hit that six. They played better cricket than us," he said.
But Gambhir was confident his team can qualify for the play-offs. "It is always a matter of learning your mistakes. The kind of cricket we are playing we are confident we will make it to the playoffs," he added.
Asked if his side are lacking a spinner, Gambhir said, "May be an extra spinner could have been there. But before every match we select the bowlers whom we thought would do the job and try our best. It's a matter of taking decision for a particular match."
Man-of-the-match, Mike Hussey said the it was crucial to get a good start within the first six overs. "It shows that on this sort of pitch, the first six overs are crucial. It was hard to hit boundaries once the ball got older, we wanted to match the start KKR got."
Knight Riders slipped to third with 17 points and are locked with CSK who are on fourth position. The battle for the top-four spot remains open with only a single point separating the four teams at the top.