Chennai, May 9: Disappointed with the six-wicket loss to Mumbai Indian here, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said his team paid the price for not grabbing its chances. “Catches going down put us off the phase. We were hanging in and creating chances but in the end lost our way,” Fleming said in the post-match press conference. Fleming said in a low-scoring match, it was perhaps a wrong move to give the last over to Pawan Negi instead of an experienced Ravindra Jadeja. Also Read- Mumbai Indians climb to fourth spot with win over Chennai Super Kings.
“I am sure the skipper will be reflecting on that. We learnt some things today. No doubt we had a disappointing time because we fell back hard and we thought we are going to come pretty close to winning the game,” he said. However, he defended the batting performance, saying that that 159 was a fairly defendable target. “Such scores of 150 to 160 are very good. We created chances in winning the game today but they played very well. I think we were predictable,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians batsman Hardik Pandya was pleased with how his team performed. “It is an amazing victory, especially beating Chennai in Chennai. It is amazing for the team and as well individually for me,” he said. And when the chips were down with MI needing 30 from the last two overs last night, Hardik Pandya took up the gauntlet in superb fashion to smash Super Kings’ left-arm spinner Pawan Negi for four sixes in the penultimate over to turn the tables. Watch- CSK vs MI IPL 2015 Full Video Highlights.
Currently lying fourth in the table a victory over RCB, which would be their 10th from 17 games, would provide a huge boost to MI’s play-off chances. However, MI face a formidable adversary in RCB, especially with the looming danger of Mitchell Starc to be confronted by their batsmen at the beginning and at the end of their innings.
The lanky left-arm pace bowler, who has claimed 16 wickets in just seven IPL games this season, has been a major factor in RCB rebounding into play-off contention after an inconsistent initial run, with his ability to take wickets and strangle the opposition.
Two other important cogs in their bowling wheel have been South Africa’s David Wiese (10 wickets) and Haryana leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (13 wickets). Sreenath Aravind’s four-wicket haul in his first game during RCB’s comprehensive win over Kings XI Punjab was a timely boost to the visitors’ dwindling Indian bowling stock which includes the pacy, but expensive, Varun Aaron.
In batting, RCB’s main run-makers are the big three — West Indian master blaster Chris Gayle, aggressive captain Virat Kohli and South African wizard A B de Villiers.
This trio has crossed the 300-run mark this season but the danger is if all of them fail collectively then the rest of Royal Challengers’ batting looks a bit fragile. RCB are in firth spot with 11 points and four games in hand and, like in MI’s case, a victory over the high-flying home team would be a good shove towards clinching a play-off berth.