Chennai v Mumbai, eliminator, IPL 2012, Bangalore May 24, 2012

Last five overs were phenomenal - Fleming

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stephen Fleming, the Chennai Super Kings coach, has said the last five overs of Super Kings' innings which produced 73 runs, were phenomenal and turned the initiative towards his side which comprehensively beat Mumbai Indians by 38 runs in the eliminator in Bangalore. Super Kings will have to get past Delhi Daredevils in the second qualifier to make the final and defend their title.

"It was crucial we scored more than 160, or Mumbai would have chased it down easily," Fleming said. "The last five overs were phenomenal."

Super Kings got off to a poor start, struggling at 2 for 2 before Michael Hussey and S Badrinath added 94 for the third wicket to give their side a launching pad. Super Kings had made slow progress to 49 for 2 before the first Time Out and Fleming said the period immediately after was the turning point. Hussey hit the first ball after the break for four and the run-rate increased steadily. MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo blazed 73 in just under five overs to set a target of 188, but Fleming gave due credit to the batsmen who set it up.

"They created the platform for the Dhonis and the Bravos to launch after the first Time Out," Fleming said. "It (Hussey-Badrinath stand) might not have seemed that flattering but if we lost more wickets after 2/2 then it would have been a different story."

Super Kings return to Chennai for their next game and Fleming said his side would go in with the advantage because of their spinners.

"We have a team that is better suited to the conditions in Chennai. We have seamers who are adequate but not startling. Today's performance needs to be replicated but it's not easy."

Fleming ruled out making team changes for the next match. "We are a bit conservative with our selection. We don't have a big turnover of players. Unlike in other formats you have to back certain players. I'll be surprised if there were any changes."

Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh said the mid-innings collapse was responsible for his side's heavy defeat. The opener Dwayne Smith made an aggressive 38, but his departure brought Super Kings back into the contest. Mumbai Indians lost four wickets for 41 runs between the seventh and twelfth overs.

"We lost Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith in two overs. In next few overs we also lost Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik," Harbhajan said. "They are core of our batting line-up and losing them in quick succession had put the team under pressure. We didn't want to be five down in 13 overs when we are chasing 180."

Harbhajan defended his decision to bowl first because he backed his batsmen to chase down any score on a good batting conditions.

"I don't think I would have done anything different after winning the toss. Even if given a chance tomorrow I'd still like to chase here because it has small boundaries and it's not difficult to get ten runs in an over on a good batting track."

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  • Narendra on May 25, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    If SRT firing is key to a team success, why would the captain of such a team bat 2nd after winning the toss??? The best chance of batting success such a team would have would be in batting first whatever the surface might be.

  • ILANKO on May 24, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Why are people typing 'loose' ... 'loose' means something is unfastened, wobbly or slack. I think they mean 'Lose'

  • Ashok on May 24, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Mumbai team was always a suspect with their top line players production.Sachin's early run out finished them off. Rohit got out to a very poor shot. After losing the top liners they were lucky to reach their final total. Delhi team is exactly the same - lot of big names but very inconsistent batting line up. With Warner & Sehwag opening, they have the fastest SR players in the T-20. Yet they fail repeatedly. On the other hand Dhoni, Bravo & Morkel at the lower middle order always got the job done between them. Chennai should replace Vijay with alternate choice as he has failed consistently. Apart from this deficiency, Chennai plays as a team. Hence I expect them to beat DD in their next round unless Warner & Sehwag show up.I expect KKR to met CSK in the Final. It will be a good match as both sides play as team. That is more important than individuals especially in shortest version of the game. Good luck to Chennai to reach the Final.

  • Pritam on May 24, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    I never had high opinion of Harbhajan's intellect, and this is confirmed over and over again. What Mumbai needs is a good captain and remove Tendulkar from the team. Neither H nor T are 20-20 players.

  • Mahesh on May 24, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Dhoni brilliance cost the game for Mumbai Indians, dont knw how he comes into the form when it matters, showed his true abitlity after a long long time..

  • Sriram on May 24, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    CSK have won 4 of thier last 5 matches and 2 more for the title..not many teams have done that in any levels of T20. CSK will be undisputed champions if they manage to do that not that they aren't today.

  • TR on May 24, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    For some reason I saw Harbajan not confident even before the match started even during the toss. He was tense. Dont know if it was fear of Dhoni or fear of CSK or the fear of the knockout stage ....

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    @bheekuchatri, Pollard and Ravindra jadeja are the most over rated and over paid players in IPL. Pollard doesnt have temperament to bat 10 overs.

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Get rid of Bhajji! MI are better of without him.

  • joseph on May 24, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Mumbai mistake is continous dependency on Pollard and Malinga as super heroes. Sure it is more of managaing the players than the talent-though they have three orange cappers(Ojha, RP, Tendulkar). Mumbai fails to understand that Buyiing alone cannot win matches. It is difficult to score 10 runs an over. A wicket or good one over will surely add pressure to the teams. In 2020, a safer target to beat is 160. Mumbai an utter failure in bowling after 2/2. Apart from malinga, they are a normal bowler than a wicket takers.

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