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Dhoni launches attack on his bowlers

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was caustic in his criticism of the Chennai Super Kings bowlers as they were knocked out of the IPL after losing the Qualifier 2 to Kings XI Punjab, in Mumbai on Friday.

india Updated: May 31, 2014 01:34 IST
Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni was caustic in his criticism of the Chennai Super Kings bowlers as they were knocked out of the IPL after losing the Qualifier 2 to Kings XI Punjab, in Mumbai on Friday.

Punjab yet again buried CSK under a mountain of runs, scoring a mammoth 226 for six. It is third time that Punjab scored more than 200 runs against CSK.

"I had the belief in my bowling that they will let them score more than 200 runs. But we need to give them (Punjab) credit, they batted well," Dhoni said.

Dhoni said they surely had a chance to win after Suresh Raina came up with a stunning knock of 87.

"It was something we could have achieved, the reason for that is the way Suresh batted."

"One of the facts is one of our retained players, Dwayne Bravo we lost at the start itself, but we still made the playoffs, we did really well in the tournament," he added.

Virender Sehwag, who tormented the CSK bowlers and set up the win of his side with a 58-ball 122 said Sachin Tendukar advised him to spend more time at the crease.

"I was hitting the ball well throughout. I had a chat with master also, Sachin Tendulkar. He said your hands are going well just a matter of one innings, just stay there and put the conscious effort to stay till the 10-12th over, everything will be alright," Sehwag said.

Punjab skipper George Bailey praised both Sehwag and Raina for their superb batting efforts.

"What an innings from Viru, set the platform, backed up by Miller at the end, almost overshadowed by Suresh's innings. We have seen two extraordinary innings tonight."

Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar said, "To beat a team like CSK thrice in a season is an achievement for us, our team showed great character, especially after CSK scored 100 in six overs."