Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday, hammered Mumbai Indians by 48 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi to enter the final of the Indian Premier League for the fifth time in the tournament's history. (Also read: I am innocent, says Sreesanth)
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Dwayne Bravo finished with 3 for 9 and became the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing season and was a relieved man. Sreesanth: From cricket to court
"It was a very important game for us as our aim was to make it to the final in one go. Our batsmen gave us a very good total to defend and it was always a pressure situation for the Mumbai Indians," said Bravo after the match. Is Sreesanth a shopaholic?
Chennai, the most consistent team in the IPL, have won the tournament twice - in 2010 and 2011. They lost the first season's final in 2008 to Rajasthan Royals and were beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders last year. Sahara pulls out of IPL, not to renew BCCI sponsorship
Bravo though is sure of going all the way to the winners' pedestal this year and said, "Dressing room atmosphere is very good. Last year we lost the final, but we will try to win it this year. We're happy to make it to another final."
Bravo also thanked the coaching staff for keeping him up and running.
"Thanks to the coaching staff for supporting me. It's a long tournament and it's important to rest properly. Some teams tend to over-train but it's important to keep a balance," he added.
Earlier, batting first Chennai scored 192/1 thanks to unbeaten half-centuries from Mike Hussey (86*) and Suresh Raina (82*). Hussey won the Man of the Match award and also became the leading run-getter this season.
"We're very lucky to have some fine batsmen and hitters in our team. In T20, anything can happen on any day and it is all about adapting to different conditions and situations as quickly as possible," Hussey said.