Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming on Friday said that the game against Mumbai Indians was over in the Powerplay itself when Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah battered them down to 24/5 in the first 6 overs,
Fleming was dejected by CSK’s performance as he pointed that the team’s show against Mumbai Indians in Sharjah sums up its entire campaign this season.
“We were pretty stunned really. It was a terrible powerplay. To lose wickets so quickly, so frequently, the game was almost over in the powerplay. Obviously, we had a couple of young guys who had an opportunity we didn’t work out,” Stephen Fleming said during the post-match press conference.
“So the message during the time out was to have some runs on the board to give us half a chance in the game as our bowling was strong due to overseas players,” he added.
Ruturaj opened to accommodate Tahir in line-up vs MI: Fleming
“The pitches are becoming a little more difficult at times and our opening stands have been a little bit of mix. So the plan was to be positive and the reason why Ruturaj Gaikwad was there because we wanted to introduce Tahir to have some balance,” Fleming said.
“Our spin bowling has little bit ineffective so when you have one of the T20 spinners we were keen to play him but we had a poor batting display and it sums up our tournament. Everything we have tried has been opposite,” he added.
CSK made three changes as Ruturaj, Imran Tahir, and N Jagadeesan were included in the playing XI and Fleming asserted that Ruturaj was included in the line-up to accommodate Tahir but the batting failure meant they couldn’t give much to the bowlers to defend.
“The reason why he was there was to introduce Tahir. We had a problem with balance throughout; our spin bowling has been a little bit ineffective. So when you have one of the best T20 spinners, we were keen to introduce him but when we did that today, we had a poor batting display. It sums up our tournament, everything we tried, turned out to be the opposite,” the former New Zealand skipper said.
This defeat for the 3-time champions is probably the final nail in CSK’s coffin, who are last on the points table and have a very slim chance of qualifying for the playoffs for the 1st time in 13 years.
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