A beaming Mahendra Singh Dhoni was effusive in praise of his spinners Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh as the duo once again weaved their magic at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday (April 9). While Harbhajan went at only 3.75 runs per over returning 2/15, Tahir picked up 2/21 in his four overs to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to 108/9.
“I think age is on their side and they are like wine; maturing with age,” Dhoni said about Tahir and Harbhajan at the post-match presentation ceremony. “Bhajji (Harbhajan), whatever games he has got this year has done really well.
“Tahir is someone who always deceives the batsmen quite a few times. It is not only his leg-spinner and googlies, he has also got a very good flipper which hurries onto the batsman. Overall, he is a complete package. He is one bowler who I can always fall back on. He is someone who if you tell him, ‘ok this is the length to bowl on and this is the right pace’, more often than not he executes that line and length.”
On the sluggish track, 109 was not going to be a cakewalk but the hosts led by Faf du Plessis’ measured 45 wrapped up the chase in 17.2 overs by seven wickets. In the process, they moved to the top of the points table with five wins out of six games.