Chennai Super Kings lost their opening match against Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021 but their coach Stephen Fleming is confident that the team will bounce back in future games. The former New Zealand cricketer Stephen Fleming said that CSK will learn a lot from upcoming games in Mumbai. Chennai Super Kings lost to Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai after a poor bowling show from the players.
After losing the first match against Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Chennai Super Kings is scheduled to play four more games at the same stadium. According to IPL 2021 format, every match will be played at neutral venues and no team will get the home advantage.
Chennai Super Kings Will Learn A Lot During Upcoming 4 Games In Mumbai: Stephen Fleming
While speaking during the press conference after CSK vs DC match, Fleming said that his team has the challenge to change the tactics while playing in Mumbai. He also feels that the matches in Mumbai will witness high-scoring games.
“We will learn a lot from being here for another 4 games. But don’t underestimate how much it takes to change the philosophy of a side. We are very much a Chennai-based side. We saw Mumbai struggle to a degree in Chennai the other night.
“They have got a challenge on how to change their tactics in Chennai and our tactics have to be a little bit better with the ball in Mumbai. So, it’s one of the quirks of this competition in this Covid-19 age and we just have to find a way. It’s going to be high-scoring games in Mumbai and toss might play a crucial role,” the 48-year-old said.
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming pointed out that the dew played a big role in the match against Delhi Capitals. He also said that CSK should have bowled slightly better to defend their target.
“A lot depended on dew, and that factor played on our mind from the start. That’s why we wanted to get as many runs as possible. The batters did a good job to reach 188, because it was tacky until dew settled in 40 to 50 minutes later.
“We could have bowled slightly better, if batters are hitting you over the fields, that’s fair enough. The execution of the bowlers was poor and there were boundary balls that they bowled. But the bowlers will have learned and they will apply that in the future games”, Stephen Fleming further said.
After asked to bat first, Chennai Super Kings put up 188-7 on the scoreboard with a superb half-century by Suresh Raina (54) on his comeback. However, CSK bowlers could not defend their target after Shikhar Dhawan (85) and Prithvi Shaw (72) smashed them for a lot of runs while chasing. Delhi Capitals won the match by 7 wickets in the end. Chennai Super Kings will play their next match against Punjab Kings on April 16 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.