IPL 2019, SRH vs CSK: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming says his team was 'exposed' for first time this season, against Hyderabad

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming says his team was exposed for the first time this IPL in the six-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Press Trust of India, Apr 18, 2019 13:23:40 IST

Hyderabad: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming says his team was "exposed" for the first time this IPL in the six-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad and it would be interesting to see how the side, which doesn't believe in over-analysing, responds to the setback.

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming speaks at the post match press conference. Sportzpics

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming speaks at the post match press conference. Sportzpics

Chennai suffered only their second loss of the season on Wednesday and Fleming said the defending champions would work together to iron out the flaws.

"This is the first time in a while we were exposed like that and will be interesting to see how the players respond," Fleming said at the post-match press conference.

"We don't over-analyse our defeats. We identify the areas to work on and we work on those. You have to have some kind of resilience. We played eight and won seven and the ninth one we got to keep motivated," he explained.

Asked if anything would change in training sessions, Fleming said it will be business as usual.

"...except for us focusing more on the things we should have done better. I don't know if there is complacency due to the good run but you have to expect to lose games every now and then," he said.

"Need to make sure that in the next game against RCB we are better. You can't assume you're in the semi-finals. It doesn't matter how teams are playing because each game is tough. That's a motto we have had for a long time," he added.

Fleming said skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's exclusion due to a back spasm was a precautionary move.

"He (Dhoni) was stiff after the game in Kolkata. So it's mostly a precaution and it's also the part of the season where we have to careful so that he gets through the season in good shape.

"Every ground he goes to people want to see him play, but we have to make big calls," he said.

Dissecting the Wednesday's loss, Fleming said inconsistency was a major problem which led to a below-par total of 137/4 by the team.

"The performance was a bit stop-start. We started well with the bat, till about 10 overs and after that we got a bit strangled. We kept losing quick wickets and fell short. Hyderabad bowled very well and we didn't bat well," Fleming said.

"What we didn't do today was respect the little things, the batting was inconsistent and when we started with the ball, we were intimidated and inconsistent,

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Updated Date: Apr 18, 2019 13:23:40 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254