IPL 2018: CSK coach Stephen Fleming defends Dwayne Bravo, blames batsmen for loss against DD

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has defended Dwayne Bravo and blamed the batsmen for their unexpected 34-run loss against Delhi Daredevils in an IPL match on Saturday.

PTI, May 19, 2018 14:54:59 IST

New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has defended Dwayne Bravo and blamed the batsmen for their unexpected 34-run loss against Delhi Daredevils in an IPL match on Saturday.

File picture of CSK coach Stephen Fleming. Getty Images

File image of CSK coach Stephen Fleming. Getty Images

All-rounder Bravo bled 26 runs in the 20th over which enabled the hosts to post 162 for five on a slow wicket. DD then returned to restrict CSK to 128 for six.

"Most teams have problems in the death overs. Bravo helped us in the last game by restricting the opposition to 180 when it was set to reach 200. It is just nature of the game. He has had good days in the tournament and today was not so good. Overall, the bowling effort was pretty good," said Fleming after the loss at Kotla last night.

"I think we lost the game with the bat. We were not able to generate partnerships of substance. It brought the slowness of wicket into play. It was hard to generate any momentum though we did have the intent. I thought the wicket would speed up like it tends to do here but they mixed things up nicely," the former New Zealand captain said.

MS Dhoni (17) and Suresh Raina (15) failed to get their team over the line after the in-form Ambati Rayudu laid the platform with 50 off 29 balls.

Asked to elaborate on what went wrong in the chase, Fleming said: "Raina got out after the break. If you pushed on from there, the game would have been a lot different. They took their catches and applied pressure. It was a close game but just lost too many wickets at key times."

Delhi all-rounder and Man of the Match Harshal Patel said the wicket played slower in the second half than the earlier two games where the visiting teams chase down 180 plus target comfortably.

"Defending here is always difficult. However, when the dew came on the wicket did not get a lot better as it did in the earlier two games. We had also made the mistake of bowling too fast and too full in the previous games. We learnt from that also," said Patel, who smashed an unbeaten 36 off 16 balls before taking the prize wicket of Rayudu.

He added that Daredevils would be going for a win in their last game of the season against Mumbai Indians on Sunday.

Updated Date: May 19, 2018 14:54:59 IST


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India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
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Pakistan 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
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4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254