Dhoni pats Tanvir for sensational feat

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/d/dhoni-ipl.jpg' class='caption'> I can only clap and appreciate it, Chennai captain MS Dhoni says of Rajasthan Royals' Sohail Tanvir, who recorded figures of 6-14 on Sunday.

Updated: May 13, 2008 12:53 IST
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Sohail Tanvir's world record Twenty20 bowling figures of 6 for 14 on Sunday left even his rival team Chennai Super Kings captain M S Dhoni spellbound, who said he could only clap and appreciate the Pakistani pacer's feat.

"What can I say, I can only clap and appreciate. He (Tanvir) put pressure on us early on by bowling in the right areas. We could not recover from there," Dhoni said after his side lost by eight wickets to Rajasthan Royals here.

Tanvir's bowling figures read 4-0-14-6 by claiming wickets of Parthiv Patel, Stephen Fleming, S Vidyut, Albie Morkel, Muttiah Muralitharan and Makhaya Ntini and Dhoni said he hoped the Pakistani pacer would not repeat the performance in their second leg in Chennai.

"Hopefully, he would not get wickets in Chennai when they (Rajasthan Royals) come there," said the India ODI captain.

Dhoni said his batsmen failed and a score of over 150 should have given his bowlers a defendable target.

"I don't want to put pressure on my bowlers. We know our bowling resources are limited. Our batsmen did not put up a good total. We did not have partnerships and were out on some bad shots. But it happens in a Twenty20 game," he said.

Tanvir said he had never thought of achieving his feat but he knew that he would be able to exploit a bit of moisture early on from the Sawai Mansingh stadium pitch here.

"I had not thought of doing this. It was a very, very special performance. I knew that I would get some help with a bit of moisture on the pitch," he said.

Asked what his captain Shane Warne told him before the match, Tanvir said, "He (Warne) said I would be given only one over with new ball and the remaining at the dead. But after I got two wickets in my first over I asked him for another over and I got another wicket," he said.

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