Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming on Wednesday expressed his disappointment after CSK choked against Kolkata Knight Riders, losing the match by 10 runs on Wednesday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
“The performances like today, with the experience we’ve got, we should put it away,” CSK coach Stephen Fleming said in the post-match presser on Wednesday.
“Ideally, you want one batsman to bat through. If you give an opening to an IPL team, they’ve got quality players to take it. Today with Narine holding overs back, it made it very difficult in the end.
“You are looking at players going on and making 75 or more and continue that partnership for five more overs, the game would have been a lot more different. KKR hung in there and put pressure on us. We couldn’t accelerate in the end. We are disappointed that we let it slip,” Fleming added.
While Chennai Super Kings did well in the death overs to bowl out Kolkata Knight Riders for 167, the KKR bowlers responded with death over all-round masterclass of their own to restrict CSK to 157/5.
CSK was once cruising at 101 for 2 in 13 overs and just required another 57 runs off 42 balls but it was then that Narine dismissed a set, Shane Watson, for 50. The previous over (13th) had seen Ambati Rayudu depart on a Kamlesh Nagarkori delivery. The resultant pressure saw CSK manage just 20 runs from the 10th to the 15th over.
“We’ve got a lot of batsmen so the balance is good with six bowlers. Bravo is batting at No. 8 and we are struggling to use him so we don’t think an extra batsman is going to help,” he said.
“Sam Curran was also very good. Our challenge is that our two allrounders are going very well, Watson and Faf are doing well, so it’s very hard to fit in an international bowler in that group. We are relying heaving on our Indian bowlers. We’ve got a pretty good balance.