Badoni (19 not out in 9 balls), who scored a half-century in the previous game, joined forces with Evin Lewis (55 not out) towards the end to help the Super Giants chase down a mammoth 211-run target.
“Badoni, I’d seen a few videos, when you only get to see the good shots, but the way he’s been batting is phenomenal. Strong, 360-degree player, a great find for India and an asset for white-ball cricket,” Rahul said at the post-match presentation here.
The skipper also lavished praise on another youngster — leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi — who did a brilliant job and was the most economical bowler for his side, registering figures of 2/24.
“Bishnoi has a big heart, he’s a fighter for a little guy, shows the character he has to bounce back (from the last game) with a wet ball. Really happy for him. He wants to grow, wants to learn, and (it is) good to see that,” Rahul added.
Chennai captain Ravindra Jadeja rued the missed catches by his team, including the drop catch by Moeen Ali to let off Quinton de Kock on 30. De Kock went on to make 61.
“We had a very good start, Robbie (Uthappa) and Shivam Dube were playing brilliantly. We had a good start, but in fielding we have to take catches, then you’ll win matches. We should have taken those chances.
“There was a lot of dew, the ball wasn’t sticking to the hand. Next time, we have to practice with the wet ball. We batted brilliantly in the top six and in the middle overs. The wicket was very good to bat on. As a bowling unit, we need to execute our plans.”