Chasing Delhi’s rating of 172/5, the Chennai outfit reached the goal with two balls to spare. The three-time champions wanted 13 runs to win from the final six balls and Dhoni noticed them via regardless of dropping Moeen Ali on the primary ball of the ultimate over.
Dhoni mirrored on his innings after the match and mentioned he wasn’t pondering a lot throughout his keep on the crease. Earlier than the Qualifier, Dhoni had managed to notch up simply 96 runs in 14 video games within the ongoing IPL version.
“My innings was a vital one. Delhi has an excellent bowling assault. They exploited the situations nicely, so we knew it might be robust. I’ve not performed loads within the event, so needed to search for the ball and see what the bowler can do. I used to be batting nicely within the nets. However wasn’t pondering an excessive amount of, in the event you assume an excessive amount of whereas batting then you definitely mess your plans up,” he mentioned within the post-match presentation.
Dhoni additionally heaped reward on people who’ve marshalled his facet’s batting assault this season. “Shardul has performed first rate batting, as has Deepak. He/they’re allowed to go for the pictures from first ball not like different top-order batters. Robin enjoys batting on the high however Moeen has been glorious at No. 3. However we’ve got created a state of affairs the place both of them may bat at No. 3 relying on the state of affairs and the opposition,” he additional mentioned.
Aside from Dhoni, Robin Uthappa (63 off 44 balls) turned the clock again to his heydays whereas irresistible Ruturaj Gaikwad (70 off 50 balls) continued his wealthy vein of type.
“Its good to see how nicely Ruturaj has improved. He’s somebody prepared to bat 20 overs. Final season was the primary time we didnt qualify into playoffs. However we needed to simply make use of the 3-4 video games left final season, and quite a lot of our batters made use of that. That’s the reason why we’ve got come again strongly this season,” Dhoni signed off.
Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant, alternatively, confused on rectifying errors and ship within the second Qualifier for making it to the ultimate.
“Clearly it is rather disappointing, and I can not have sufficient phrases to explain how we’re feeling. The rating was first rate, and so they received off to a flier. That was the primary distinction. We’re going to rectify our errors, study from it and hopefully, we are able to transfer on and play the ultimate,” he mentioned.