CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said the franchise should put the game to bed after being in a good position at 99/1, with a ton of experienced batsmen to follow. Fleming said that the balance is right and if the pitch dries out in the season then three spinners have been indicated to play later.
It was a mid-table clash between the ailing Super Kings with the illustrious Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, with the winners getting a chance to peel the other at the IPL table. While Chennai had mainly gone back to the dressing room with high confidence to chase down a total of 168 with their openers, KKR bowlers had the final laugh.
Due to a change in bowling by Dinesh Karthik, the Knight Riders dug deep and dug to the end to secure themselves in a miraculous win against the Super Kings, flying high on 991 till the 12th over of the innings. The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper protected five overs of Sunil Narine and Andre Russell for the death overs, which forced the Yellow men to be aggressive and lose their wickets. After the loss, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming addressed the media, stating that the three-time IPL winners should have put the game to bed with experience in the middle order.
“The balance with the six bowlers is very good. An extra batsman is not going to help us, Dwayne Bravo went unused as a batsman. It is very difficult to fit in an extra international bowler in the unit. We have a good Indian unit, along with Shardul and Deepak. Along with this, we had plenty of bowling options due to the presence of Karna and Jadeja in the middle overs. However, with all the experience today, we should have put the game to bed, ”said Fleming in a post-match press conference.
The former Kiwi captain also indicated that the franchise would be looking to utilize three spinners – Karn Sharma, Piyush Chawla, and Ravindra Jadeja.
“The first over was very bad for Karn Sharma but after that he was really good. He will gain some confidence from it. If the pitches dry up, we can operate it with Piyush Chawla and Ravindra Jadeja. “
However, at the same time, the credits where this is going to happen, Fleming reported that KKR hung on in the game to take two points away from the reach of the Super Kings, with the yellow men not a set batsman towards the end. Shift.
He said, ‘Ideally we have one or two players. We give a quality IPL team a chance to come back, they will definitely use it. If we were one of the 75+ batsmen, we could have got the game. Kolkata hung in there, pressuring us to take the game away from us, giving them credit.