DURBAN, Sep 24 (PTI): After entering the Champions League Twenty20 final, Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today praised Suresh Raina for his breezy unbeaten 48-ball 94 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in semifinal.
"Raina's batting made it look so easy. Bangalore got a blow when they lost (Dale) Steyn. Raw pace would have made a difference - Raina cashed in and good support from (Murali) Vijay and (Michael) Hussey," Dhoni said after the match.
"Raina has the kind of talent where he can take it away once he is set. The use of the new ball was important. (Doug) Bollinger normally does not bowl up, uses the short balls," he added.
Dhoni also said the wicket, though sodden, was playable.
"Once you get in, it is a good wicket to bat, so we needed early wickets and it worked," he said.