Mahindra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday thumped the Delhi Capitals (DC) by four wickets to book a berth in their 9th IPL final in Dubai.

After a good start by CSK courtesy Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa, Dhoni took the onus and promoted himself to finish the game. He remained unbeaten on 18 as the Super Kings sailed past the target with two balls to spare.

MS Dhoni, who has had a dismal run with the bat throughout the tournament, revealed that he just wanted to just see the ball properly and time it.

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Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, the 40-year-old said, "My innings was a crucial one. Delhi has a very good bowling attack. They exploited the conditions well, so we knew it would be tough. I've not done a lot in the tournament, so wanted to look for the ball and see what the bowler can do. I was batting well in the nets. But wasn't thinking too much, if you think too much while batting then you mess your plans up."

In IPL 2021, CSK skipper MS Dhoni managed only 114 runs from 15 outings at an average of 16.28 which is below-par as per his standards.

"It's good to see how well he has improved" - MS Dhoni on Ruturaj Gaikwad.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad once again steered the ship for CSK in the run chase with a crucial 70-run innings. MS Dhoni showered praise on the youngster, who has been in the form of his life.

When quizzed on his conversations with Ruturaj, MS Dhoni said, "Whenever Ruturaj and I have a chat, its a simple chat. Want to know what he was thinking. Its good to see how well he has improved. He is someone willing to bat 20 overs."

Currently, Ruturaj Gaikwad is the second highest run-scorer in the competition with 603 runs from 15 games after KL Rahul, who has 626 runs under his belt.

Earlier, CSK was the first team to book a playoff berth before beating the Delhi Capitals to reach the finals.