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Dhoni credits bowlers for easy win over DC in Qualifier 2

VISAKHAPTANAM: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings Friday entered their 8th IPL ultimate and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited the medical effort of his bowing unit for putting in place the platform for the comfortable win over Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 2 right here.

Opting to bowl, CSK first restricted DC to 147 for nine after which chased down the target with six wickets in hand to set up a clash against Mumbai Indians in the IPL ultimate in Hyderabad on Sunday.

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"The crucial part was to keep getting wickets. The credit needs to go to the bowlers. The captain only asks this is what I need. Then it's up to them to figure out how to bowl, and they have to put in the hard yards," Dhoni said on the post-match presentation ceremony.

"Thanks to the bowling department for where we are this season. I would have preferred it if the openers finished it off. Once they got the required rate below 6 an over, there was no reason to play big shots and get out. They did the hard yards," he added.

Dhoni also lauded the entire CSK team for producing a medical efficiency when it mattered.

"It's the usual route, last year was the exception. The kind of response from the boys today was brilliant. The way we batted to get 140-plus runs was very nice," he said.

"The spinners got some turn, and we kept getting wickets at the right time."

DC captain Shreyas Iyer, to the contrary, blamed his batting department for the loss.

"We had a disappointing start, losing two wickets in the powerplay, and it was hard to recover from that. They have amazing spinners. But we've had a great season," he said.

"None of the batsmen took the initiative to take the team through and there wasn't a partnership buidling. Disappointing for us but a good learning."

Iyer, even though, was once concerning the pitch on be offering this season at their home turf on the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium.

"It's something to think about (the Delhi pitch). We didn't win too many home games, but we can't complain about pitches. We've been practising a lot on slow wickets. As professionals we can't give excuses," he said.

"I think we've learned a lot, looking at seniors like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma leading their teams. It's a proud moment for me, standing with them at the toss. They talk to me, share their experiences, and that's great for me."

Shedding more light on his enjoy of main the team, Iyer said: "I've heard Rohit and lots of of them discuss how difficult it's to be captain, and yeah, it's not a very simple activity to do, but I am happy to be the captain.

"Really pleased with the lads. Loving the way we have now gelled as a family. The coaches and improve group of workers were superb. A lot more to come next season. We've discovered the bottom, now could be the time to develop," he said.

Man-of-the-match Faf du Plessis, who hit a 39-ball 50 all the way through the chase, said CSK's enjoy of profitable large games did the trick although they didn't have a very good time out in the closing phase of the event this season.

"We didn't have the most efficient run in the closing five or six games, but we do have numerous confidence as a team that is gained numerous large games. We drew numerous power from that," he said.

"Our power is to get partnerships going and lengthen that, even supposing we take our time first of all. We've got numerous excellent batsmen down the order, and we again them to meet up with the required fee."

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