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Hilfenhaus has given us that extra spark: Dhoni

May 12, 2012 23:35 IST

Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag conceded that the delivery that Ben Hilfenhaus bowled to clean him up was an "unplayable" one while winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded his boys for playing "authentic cricket." 

"Full credit to CSK for the manner in which they played. It was always going to be difficult to defend a total like 115. As far as my footwork goes, I don't need to change anything but Hilfenhaus bowled an unplayable delivery. It was swinging away which you couldn't have done anything about," Sehwag told at the post-match presentation ceremony. 

Daredevils are still leading the table and Sehwag is banking on the two home matches out of their next three encounters to make a smooth entry into the play-offs. 

MS Dhoni"We have two matches against Kings XI and RCB at home and hopefully we will win those to make it to the play-offs."     

Dhoni on his part said that when a team chases low total it is imperative that the openers give a good start. 

"We needed to get a good start and play the new ball well. Also we needed to play shots off loose deliveries. We needed to play authentic cricket. Hussey and Vijay gave us good start," Dhoni said. 

Asked about Hilfenhaus' bowling, Dhoni said that the Aussie pacer gives the team extra spark. 

"It was not swinging too much after the first couple of overs, so we needed to keep Hilfenhaus for the death overs. He has given us that extra spark. With Albie bowling well with him and openers doing well too, it augurs well for us." 

Man-of-the-match Hilfenhaus on his part said that he did "enjoy" bowling that delivery to Sehwag but is happy that they have performed well as a unit. 

"Obviously, good to start well and put them under pressure. I would be lying if I said I did not enjoy that (Sehwag's dismissal )one. We did well as a group. But I still need to improve my bowling at the death."

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