Chennai, May 25: Chennai Super Kings batsmen sparked at the right moment against Mumbai Indians. Australia's Mike Hussey and S Badrinath struck after losing two early wickets. Skipper MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo took the game away from Mumbai.
Even though Dhoni was adjudged man of the match for his 20-ball 50, he praised Badrinath's crucial knock batting at No. 4 which set the tone for Chennai later on.
"Badri did a great job for us when those two wickets went down. He and Hussey gave us the platform to express ourselves," Dhoni said.
Despite a few good performances at the top-order along with Faf du Plessis, Badrinath was pushed down the line-up to accommodate Mike Hussey, who opens the innings with Murali Vijay.
Badrinath said he remained positive and batting alongside Hussey was comfortable. "Yes, the ball was doing a bit, but Hussey and myself just looked to be positive. Good for us that it happened and we are on course," Badrinath told TOI.
"He assesses the situation so well...We kept talking to each other and the rest of it just fell into place," he added.
The 32-year-old was confident ahead of their final must-win clash against a strong Delhi line-up.
"We didn't have a good game against them in Delhi, but in Chennai, we beat them fair and square. The team has got back the momentum that was needed and we are confident of pulling this off," Badrinath said.
The Tamil Nadu Ranji player feels Dhoni's quick knock helped them regain their confidence. "When Dhoni plays like that, you are always on pole position. Now the belief is there that we can go all the way," he said.
Chennai coach Stephen Fleming too praised Dhoni's blistering innings. "His blitzkrieg got us 75 runs in the last five overs, otherwise we would have ended up with 160-odd runs, which Mumbai would have chased easily," the former New Zealand skipper said.
Chennai will look to overpower the mighty Daredevils on Friday.
"All of us have got runs and we will go in with all the confidence against Delhi," Badrinath said.