Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday praised Suresh Raina and Mike Hussey for setting up Chennai Super Kings' comfortable four-wicket win over the Titans in a high-scoring Champions League Twenty20 match in Ranchi on Sunday.
Hussey (47) and Raina (47) swung the match decisively in CSK's favour with their 89-run stand in just 44 balls for the second-wicket, which helped them chased down the daunting target of 186 with seven balls to spare at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium.
"It was a difficult target to chase, but Raina and Hussey batted really well. We were just looking to see how the first ten overs were going to turn out as the ball would be drier and could swing. But they saw through that period well and after that they attacked and put the bad balls away which is very important during a chase like this," said Dhoni at the post-match presentation ceremony.
"What really pleased me most was when Hussey and Raina got out and came back into the dressing room, they were really upset and that really says a lot," he added.
Dhoni said his bowlers need to tighten up things as they progress into the tournament.
"I was a little worried initially after we'd given away so many runs, but we'll have to tighten up. Our bowlers need to tighten up. Even saving six or seven runs makes a difference because say its the 20th over, it could be the difference between chasing 11 runs or 18," he said.
Titans' skipper Henry Davids said the dew made things difficult for them while admitting that leaking 24 runs in extras did not help their case either.
"It was a very good score, defendable score but we gave away far too many extras. Back of a length balls on the stumps were difficult to get away and that was the plan. We just couldn't execute it. The dew made things difficult as well, as the bowlers couldn't grip the ball well enough," he said.