Dhoni relieved to see his side in semis

Updated: 31 May 2008 10:27 IST

Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni praised his bowlers for restricting Deccan Chargers to under 150 runs and said the victory brought relief for the team.

Dhoni relieved to see his side in semis

Hyderabad:

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised his bowlers for restricting Deccan Chargers to under 150 runs and said the victory brought relief for the team.

"Definitely a big relief if it ends up a crunch game in do or die situation and you got to win. Of course it was crucial," he told reporters in the post match press conference after beating Hyderabad team by seven wickets and sealing the last IPL semifinal spot.

The Jharkhand player said bowlers did a commendable job to set up the win.

"I think we have bowled well. We had started off well, I think bowlers did the job initially. 150 odd runs were quite an achievable target and the wicket was good," he said.

Dhoni said in the last-four stage of the tournament, performance of the top-order would be crucial.

"In T20 matches if top-order batsman like Sanath Jayasuriya, Virender Sehwag or Shuan Marsh or any top-order has his day definitely it puts pressure on rival teams. "Semifinal... if it is a close game, there will be lot of excitement even to the players. It depends on what happens on the field," he said.

Adam Gilchrist, the losing captain, said the team would review its performance.

"I do not have any excuses. It depends which way you look it (defeats). It is not end of the world. We should settle down and review, make a self assessment and think over where we faulted and plan for the future."

Topics : Cricket
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