Dhoni demands better from bowlers

Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes his team need to improve their bowling despite a comfortable win over Kolkata.

Dhoni led from the front, hammering a brilliant 66 not out to help his team recover from a poor start and amass a decent 164 for three after opting to bat first.

Justin Kemp then claimed three wickets and Lakshmipathy Balaji two as Kolkata were skittled out for a paltry 109.

The victory helped Chennai bounce back from defeat against Hyderabad in their first game while for Kolkata it was their first defeat in three matches.

Dhoni said: “We were worried about our bowling both with the new ball and at the death.

“I still think a couple of our bowlers were a little short with their length and on a slow track like this you can be punished.

“It’s an area which needs improvement, but it feels good to have a victory under the belt.”

Chennai again suffered a top-order collapse and Dhoni admitted he was under pressure when he came out to bat with his side struggling at 55 for three and praised coach Stephen Fleming for his calm approach.

“You are always under pressure in this format of the game, but we always felt a total of 150 would be a good score on this wicket because it was on the slower side,” Dhoni added.

“It really helps to have a coach like Stephen, he keeps things simple and whenever there is a discussion we always come up with something that is best for the side.”

Kolkata captain Sourav Ganguly praised Dhoni’s batting.

“MS (Dhoni) batted very well and we gave away too many runs in the last four overs and that put them in the driving seat,” he said.

“We then played too many big shots up front and kept losing wickets.

“We didn’t play well tonight, but that’s the way this game goes and hopefully it would go better in our next match.”

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