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“I don’t think we could have had a better start than this.” – MS Dhoni © Getty Images

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said debutants Rising Pune Supergiants could not have asked for a better stsrat to their Indian Premier League campaign after the newcomers thrashed defending champions Mumbai Indian by nine wickets in the season opener, here today. Dhoni crdeited the bowling unit for restricting MI top 121 for eight after being invited to bowl. “I don’t think we could have had a better start than this, A lot of credit to the bowlers, especially Rajat (Bhatia). He bowled in that uncomfortable area once they lost a lot of early wickets,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.  Full Cricket Score: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), IPL 2016 Match 1 at Mumbai

“The opposition also went hard, and on a wicket where the fast bowlers had assistance, there were chances. There was pressure on their lower order, but the bowlers did a fantastic job. We should improve in the death overs.” Dhoni also lavished praise on Ajinkya Rahane for paced Supergiants chase to perfection with an unbeaten 66 off 44 balls. Also read: Ajinkya Rahane stars as Rising Pune Supergiants thrash Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets in IPL 2016 Match 1 at Mumbai

“When you dont have too many runs on the board, the batsman have an easier job. Always felt (Ajinkya) Rahane is brilliant where the ball comes on off the wickets. He is traditional and the way he finished it off was very good,” he said.

MI skipper Rohit Sharma blamed his batting department for the loss.