File photo of Chennai Super Kings' batsman Suresh Raina during IPL5. (AP Photo)
Ranchi: Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) batsman Suresh Raina applauded his team's batting for a great start and an equally good finish as it overhauled 185 runs scored by Titans in their Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) tie here on Sunday.
"[Michael] Hussey and I had a very good partnership. [Dwayne] Bravo and Badrinath finished up well," Raina said at the post-match press conference here on Sunday night after CSK got the better of Titans by four wickets. "We got a good start. When you chase 180 runs, your start has to be good in the first six overs; you have to play your shots," he added.
Chasing a massive 186-run target, Hussey (47) and Raina (47) clobbered the Titans' bowlers to add 89 runs in just 44 balls for the second-wicket, which swung the match decisively in CSK's favour.
"When Morne Morkel bowled the first ball, I felt there was not much movement on the wicket, [though] the dew factor was there. You have to play your shots. Their bowling attack was good and Morne was bowling very well," said Raina.
Raina said his plan was to be positive while facing the first six overs and he connected the ball well. "I think I did the job for the team. Unfortunately, I could not [turn it] into a big score, but I think you have to play your shots. I will not commit the same mistake [to get out] next time."
On Mahendra Singh Dhoni not getting the winning runs, Raina said winning the match was important and there were two more matches when "you will see his toofani [hurricane] batting".
Talking about the JSCA cricket stadium, Raina said it was one of the best stadium in the world. "The stadium is one among the top. Dressing room and all facilities are very good. All former players say it is a world class stadium. I would also like to thank all the groundsmen, who did a good work. We got opportunity to practice," said Raina.