Surface Was Tricky to Play on from Ball One: Stephen Fleming

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said the Chepauk service was a tricky one to bat on but admitted that his team could have been better with their decision making after suffering a six-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2019 on Tuesday.

“Right from ball one it was tricky throughout. So you are asking the batters, you want them to be positive, you want them to play a nice brand of cricket but you need a little bit of luck & a lot of skill,” Fleming said in the post-match press conference.

“We are not creating enough luck & we are probably not skillful with our decision making at the moment or in these conditions. It’s been a tough season for our batters, certainly at home & today was no different.”

“Yadav played an outstanding knock. We had an opportunity to get rid of him early as well. I thought we had enough runs in a pressure situation on that surface to create chances to win.

“We just had to be good enough in the field and stay patient and bowl enough balls that would create doubts in their minds.

“It was unfortunate that we couldn’t get him early and then there was a nice partnership that they had that just pushed them on enough.”

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