Despite the defeat against Mumbai Indians Stephen Fleming, Chennai Super Kings coach is optimistic about the future.
Mumbai Indians won a third victory against Chennai Super Kings thanks to the crucial partnership of Tilak Varma & Hrithik Shokeen, and a quick unbeaten 16 from Tim David. This was at Wankhede Stadium.
“We’re still learning a lot about our squad, just like many teams. We hope we can learn a lot during the next couple games and move forward. It doesn’t matter if you have a great or a terrible season. This is something we have learned from many seasons. Fleming said that although we don’t plan to go too far, there are areas we can improve upon.” Fleming addressed the press after the match.
CSK displayed some character with the ball, even though they scored only 97 runs. Simarjeet and Moeen took one wicket each.
“There are many really positive signs. The new-ball bowling of Simarjeet & Mukesh was exceptional. They’ve been improving – Mukesh has been able to bowl a spell similar to this all season. Simarjeet has seen some significant improvements, even though he is only 3-4 games into the season. That’s a positive. Fleming stated that Deepak Chahar is returning to the side. “There are good options with this new ball.”
“We are close to the top, there are positives everywhere. However, if you have a few holes they pop at the wrong times. We know this, but we aren’t as great as we should be. We are working to find positive things as we move ahead. He said that now that we’re out the competition, we have an opportunity with 2 games to give other guys an chance and hopefully find some there as well.”
Head coach also expressed dismay at the inability to access the Decision Review System (DRS), for the first 10 balls of the match against MI. This cost CSK three crucial wickets: Moeen Ali and Devon Conway.
It was unlucky that it happened at that moment. We are disappointed but it’s all part of the game. But, [that]It kind of set off a series of events that weren’t in our favor. However, we should have done better. It certainly wasn’t the best start,” stated the head coach.
For CSK, Dhoni (36*) was left-hanging as the lone warrior for his side, as a brutal pace attack by Mumbai Indians fast bowlers skittled out the Men in Yellow for 97.
Daniel Sams was MI’s top bowler, scoring 3/16 of their four overs. Meredith (2/28) was also a good bowler, as was Kartikeya (2/22). Ramandeep Singh, Bumrah, and Kartikeya each got a wicket.