Chennai fell short of a fifth successive final on Friday, as the Kings XI Punjab beat them by 24 runs thanks to Virender Sehwag’s stunning 122.
That helped Punjab to 226-6, but at 100-2 after six overs, Chennai looked on course to pull off an incredible chase.
Suresh Raina hammered 87 from 25 balls for the Super Kings, but once he was dismissed, Chennai fell away, with Dhoni’s late 42 not out never likely to be enough.
It means Punjab will play the Kolkata Knight Riders in Sunday’s final, and Dhoni blamed his side’s batting for their defeat.
“I think definitely it was something we could have achieved,” he said.
“The reason being Suresh the way he batted, I think in the middle overs there was some very irresponsible cricket by some of the most experienced international cricketers, so I think definitely we need to have a look.”
Sehwag, meanwhile, was relieved to have scored runs when it mattered most after a modest regular season with the bat.
“I put the conscious effort to stay (until) till the 10-12th over,” he said.
“I promised someone that there is one innings I have to play, maybe it will come in the play-offs.
“Whenever I got out, my son kept telling me, ‘Papa you are not scoring runs,’ I told him ‘hold on, there is still time.'”
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