Dhoni hails Super Kings ethic
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put his side's overwhelming victory in the Indian Premier League semi-final over the Kings XI Punjab down to an all-round team effort.
Chennai's speedsters set up the victory, reducing Punjab's famed batting line-up to 112 for eight, before Parthiv Patel (51 not out) and Suresh Raina (55 not out) saw them home with more than five overs to spare.
"The bowlers did very well and they gave us a good start," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation, broadcast on Setanta Sports 1.
"Their effort was backed up back some good fielding and a good display of batting from Parthiv Patel and Suresh Raina. Overall it was a good team effort."
The Super Kings had started the tournament with a clutch of victories, but their fortunes dipped significantly after Matthew Hayden and Michael Hussey left for national duty in the West Indies.
Dhoni, however, felt his team was close to their best.
"We are peaking at the right time," he said. "It's a demanding schedule because you don't have too much time for rest and recovery.
"You play a match one day, travel the next and then you're back on the field the following day. Its been tough."
Looking ahead to Sunday's final against Shane Warne's intimidating Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni said: "Every match is a fresh beginning. You can't go by what's happened in the past.
"I would be lying if I say I am not feeling the feeling the pressure, but we are ready for it (the final)."
Man of the match Makhaya Ntini said: "It's been a very good tournament for me. It's always tough bowling first up because the batsmen are looking to hit you for runs.
"But it came together well for us today and its always good to win a semi-final by a big margin.".
Punjab skipper Yuvraj Singh, despite being disappointed with his team's effort in the semi-final, said he was proud of the way his players had performed in the tournament.
"It was a good wicket to bat on, but we didn't do well under pressure," he said. "The Chennai bowlers did a fine job.
"We lost too many wickets in the first few overs and then never recovered.
"But we have had a great tournament. I'm very proud with the way the boys have performed, especially Shaun Marsh. He's been magnificent."