"It's about the belief in the squad from management, owners. After last season, I was really disappointed. We owed it to the franchise, the fans to come up with a better performance," Bravo said after the match.
Dhoni, the most loved and revered Indian captain of all time, led Chennai Super Kings, a team of old warhorses with oodles of experience, to another IPL title.
The MS Dhoni-led team, despite two straight defeats prior to the final round-robin match, will have its nose ahead against an inconsistent Punjab outfit that is all but out of the play-offs race.
On a roll post IPL's resumption, both Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders would look to continue their winning streak when the two most impressive sides of the tournament's second phase lock horns against each other in the second double header.
Simons also said that the MS Dhoni-led outfit had learnt their lesson after a horrendous show in the 2020 edition, which was also held in the UAE.
IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets to retake top spot in standings
RCB skipper Virat Kohli (53) and young Devdutt Padikkal (70) struck brisk half-centuries in an impressive 111-run stand but CSK pulled the strings to restrict them to 156 for six after electing to bowl.
"At 30 for 4, you want to put up a respectable score, I felt Rutu and Bravo got us more than what we expected. We thought of 140, to get close to 160 was tremendous," Dhoni said.
Gaikwad batted through the innings to lift Chennai Super Kings from a precarious 7/3 to 156 for six as the IPL-14 resumed in the UAE after the first phase in India was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in May.
T20 World Cup: West Indies hand maiden T20 call-up to Roston Chase, veteran Ravi Rampaul returns to squad
The 36-year-old Rampaul, a member of the 2012 T20 World Cup-winning squad, returns for the first time since 2015 after impressing in domestic white-ball cricket.
West Indies vs Australia: Shimron Hetmyer shines in Windies' comfortable win over tourists in 2nd T20I
Hetmyer’s 61 off 36 balls with four sixes and two fours paced the home side to 196 for four after they were sent in to bat yet again by visiting captain Aaron Finch
West Indies vs South Africa: Dwayne Bravo shines as Windies beat Proteas in fourth T20I to level series
Set a target of 168 after captain Kieron Pollard belted an unbeaten 51 off 25 balls with five sixes and two fours to lift the West Indies to 167 for six, the Proteas relied heavily on the consistent Quinton de Kock in their quest to clinch the contest ahead of the final match on Saturday at the same venue.
Cameos from Faf du Plessis (33 off 17), Dwayne Bravo (20 not out off 8), Ambati Raydu (27 off 17) and Ali (26 off 20) helped CSK post 188 for nine after being put in to bat.
Both teams would be eyeing a second win to give their campaign a boost.
Chennai Super Kings have been the second-most successful franchise in the IPL with three titles, behind Mumbai Indians who lead the table with four.
West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Fabian Allen's late heroics helps hosts clinch three-wicket win in 3rd T20I, secure 2-1 series win
The two sides will now play three ODIs and two Tests, all in Antigua.
West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya guide visitors to series-levelling win in 2nd T20I
Having lost by four wickets in the opening game on Wednesday, the tourists successfully defended 160 on Friday to level the three-match series.
Dwayne Bravo is currently gearing up to take part in the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10.
Abu Dhabi T10 League: Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi and Dwayne Bravo to headline tournament's fourth edition
Some of the world's most renowned cricketers like Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi and Dwayne Bravo will be seen in action in the fourth edition of Abu Dhabi T10 tournament, to be played from 28 January to 6 February.
IPL 2020: 'Keep supporting, keep encouraging', Dwayne Bravo appeals to CSK fans after being ruled out of tournament
The 37-year-old's pullout came as a massive blow to the already struggling side which has very slim chances of advancing to the play-offs.
The 37-year-old Bravo, an integral part of the CSK team for years now, couldn't bowl the final over against Delhi Capitals in a match in Sharjah on 17 October.