We have to capitalise on good starts: Dhoni

MS Dhoni heaved a sigh of relief after his side's thrilling 18-run victory over Delhi Daredevils on Saturday.

updated: May 03, 2009 08:03 IST
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Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaved a sigh of relief after his side's thrilling 18-run victory over Delhi Daredevils on Saturday but said they have to capitalise on the good starts if they want to continue the winning momentum in the Indian Premier League.

Put into bat, Chennai were all out for 163 thanks mainly to Matthew Hayden (30), Suresh Raina (32) and S Badrinath (45). The lower order including Dhoni himself did not contribute much to the total on a batting pitch at the Wanderers.

"(Matthew) Hayden, (Suresh) Raina and Badrinath batted well they gave a good start but (Albie) Morkel, me and the lower order could not capitalise on that," Dhoni said after the match.

"We are happy that we beat a good side like Daredevils. But we have to capitalise on the starts if we want to keep on the momentum," he added after his side's third win from seven matches in the tournament.

He said the match was evenly poised till the 15th over but was confident a couple of wickets would tilt the balance in his side's favour.

"The match could have gone either way from the 15th over. But I was hoping that a wicket or two after that we would be in and that happen," Dhoni said.

Asked about man-of-match Shadab Jakati's performance of 4/24, Dhoni said, "It is good that a left-arm spinner in our team is doing well. Spinners are doing well in every team. On good batting pitches a left-arm spinner will do well." Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir felt 164 was an achievable target on the batting pitch at Wanderers.

"160 plus was gettable on this wicket and we should have won the match. Winning is always good but it is a game of cricket. We can't be complacent and hopefully we will reach the semifinals," said Gambhir, who stood in for injured Virender Sehwag.

Asked whether his side missed Sehwag, Gambhir said, "The situation may have been different had he been at the top of order. Having him at the top takes away a lot of pressure from the lower order," he added.

Jakati, who took 4/24 in the match, said he was just trying to have variety in his bowling.

"I was waiting for my chance to play. (Stephen) Fleming, Venky (Venkatesh Prasad) and of course Dhoni said the important thing is to have variety," he said.

"I was just trying to bowl wicket to wicket and mixing slow and quick deliveries," said the 28-year-old Goan.