Speaking at the post-match presentation after his team's two-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, the CSK skipper said: "Faf's innings is where experience counts".
Siddarth Kaul, bowling the 19th over, paid for his inexperience in crunch game as 17 runs came off that over as No. 10 Shardul Thakur (15 off 5 balls) got three boundaries in the 17-run over. And thatexperience made the difference. "You visualise what your role is, how you can contribute and Faf has been brilliant". He batted really well. Navigating a tricky wicket, du Plessis finally came into his own after an insipid tournament so far. Importantly, it was at the Wankhede when he smashed 133 as South Africa amassed 438 for four and beat India by 214 runs to wrap up the ODI series 3-2 back in October 2015. The South African skipper, who was retained by the Men in Yellow, had only played four matches until Tuesday and had been in and out of CSK's playing XI over the 14 league matches. Yesterday, I was just reflecting on my past games, and took some confidence from that mentally. It felt just a little out of reach. "Everything went our way towards the end on a wicket which wasn't easy to bat on", he added. The players are paying a tribute to Dhoni. "We've been a very good team and it reflects when it comes to the IPL". All-rounder Dwayne Bravo celebrated this victory with a dance in the dressing room. "If atmosphere is not great, it becomes hard to perform", he added. There's been a lot of occasions - go back to Dwayne Bravo early on in the season (against Mumbai Indians), so it's nice we have so many experienced players to rely on. "And right from the first game we've used different bowlers in different ways to find out who is the best bowler at the end", Dhoni said, about constantly reshuffling his team combination.
"If we would've lost, you still give yourself a second chance".
"They (Sunrisers) bowled very well, and there was a bit for the fast bowlers on the pitch". Bhuvi bowled well, backed up well by Rashid.
"It was a good game of cricket, but if we are honest with ourselves, we were a few runs short with the bat". With wickets falling rapidly and the equation at 43 runs required from the final three overs, he deposited Carlos Brathwaite (0-31) for four boundaries in an over and then sealed an unlikely victory with a six. "Plus, they have a mystery bowler (Rashid)". "Frustrating, but we're off to Kolkata and it's important we show some signs of improvement there", he signed off.
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