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Dhoni praises bowlers for win over PWI

Chennai Super Kings defended a total of 164 to beat Pune Warriors India by 13 runs in the IPL on Thursday.

April 20, 2012, 9:43 AM IST
Dhoni praises bowlers for win over PWI

Chennai: The Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday credited the fine show by his bowlers and superb fielding as the reason for his side's 13-run win over Pune Warriors India in their IPL match here. "Full credit to the bowlers and I hope we continue doing well in that department in the remaining matches. Our fielding was also superb. In the last few matches, fielding let us down, but today we took even some difficult chances," Dhoni said after the match.

He said taking wickets in the first six overs had also helped his side in winning the match. "We have not taken wickets early on in our earlier matches. But today was different, as we had a few wickets in the first six overs. That has helped us in winning the match," he said.

"I thought it was important to be aggressive on the field and keep up the energy level. Hope we continue this," Dhoni added. When asked about the dew factor while defending 164 for 5, the Chennai captain said, "The dew was an issue; the spinners weren't getting too much turn."

Meanwhile Pune captain, Sourav Ganguly, said that his side lacked some big overs to script a win. "We needed a big over towards the close, from which we could get 20-odd runs. But it did not happen. It was a close finish," he said. "We were in the game but needed an over of 15-20 runs," he said.

On being quizzed if he suffered any injury after falling awkwardly while going for a catch, Ganguly said, "[The] Shoulder is all right. [I] landed on my chest actually. It's all right."

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