“Look 178 is a very good score. There are always ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ in a T20 game. But to be honest with you, we really fought back well in the end. They were cruising with Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith batting in the 10th over, so to fightback from there we got to give credit to the bowlers,” said Vijay in the post-match press conference.
Chasing a massive 179 for victory, CSK overhauled the target with two balls to spare as the West Indies’ Dwayne Smith led the chase with his 51-ball 79.
Mohammad Shami leaked 17 runs in the 18th over as Smith hit the medium pacer for two fours and a six, but Vijay refused to put the blame on Shami.
“Shami is giving his effort and that’s what counts. We are players and all we can do is plan and execute that plan, but sometimes it just doesn’t work. It was a very hard-fought game and Chennai are a top team and they played like one by pulling off this game. So, hopefully we can do better in the next match,” Vijay, who was part of CSK in the previous editions, said.