Bangalore: A dejected Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh said it all when he complimented Chennai Super Kings for "playing like champions" after his team lost the Indian Premier League playoff game on Wednesday by 38 runs. "Of course, I am disappointed that we lost, but we cannot change the result. The CSK played like champions and deserved to win," Harbhajan said after the game.
"Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo took the game away from us in the last four overs of their innings, and there was not much we could do," he added, referring to the rollicking unfinished stand of 74 runs off 29 balls between Dhoni and Bravo for the sixth wicket.
Dhoni, adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his unbeaten 51 off 20 balls, pointed out that it was the 94 run stand between Michael Hussey and Subramaniam Badrinath for the second wicket that set up the Chennai innings. "Hussey and Badri gave us the platform with their partnership. Badri is our silent hero," Dhoni said.
Over the past week, Dhoni said his team that had completed the league engagements, watched the other games whose results directly influenced their entry into playoffs. "We did follow the matches, but it was beyond our control. It was always there at the back of our mind that we could still qualify and the results of other matches went our way. So we are here," Dhoni said referring to the agonizing week when Chennai's fate hinged on the results of three matches.
The CSK eventually tied on points with Royal Challengers Bangalore, but nosed ahead on better Net Run Rate.