Did Chennai Super Kings take KKR too lightly?
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming feels his team was not intimidating enough and lacked the winning attitude against Kolkata Knight Riders, who snatched an unexpected victory against the former champions in the Indian Premier League match, in Kolkata.
"It's more of the attitude that hurt us, we were a bit soft as we intimidate our way in when things don't go our way but the attitude was not there today, quite unlike of CSK. Once things going our way, we were a bit soft," Fleming said after the eight-wicket loss on Tuesday.
"I can't help but feel that we led them into the game in the first few overs and gave them a good start. They relied heavily on the openers and we helped their cause," he added.
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'We made a habit of dropping some key players in this tournament'
Opener Robin Uthappa was dropped twice, on six and on 24, before he went on to score a match-winning 67 helping the hosts chase down 155 with two overs to spare.
"The nature of the loss was disappointing and we need to rectify that quickly. We dropped catches, we made a habit of dropping some key players in this tournament. It made us pay today, took the game away from us in very quick time. It was just a case of sitting back and minimising the damage," the former New Zealand player stated.
Fleming maintained that the target of 155 was a par score on the slow surface at the Eden Gardens.
"We had a bad day, we played poorly. 154 was not a bad score, probably a par total on this wicket but we did not have a good day in bowling and fielding," he said.
"It still is a very good fielding team. Look these things can happen. It's just a split moment things that can happen. Slip catches going down probably uncommon in T20 but (fielding coach) Steve Rixon training the fielders a lot. It's an area we need to work on," he added.
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'The balance of the side was right it's just that we did not execute well enough'
Chennai seemed to have misread the pitch, which was slow in nature and conducive for the slow bowlers as they brought in an extra pacer bowler in Ben Hilfenhaus -- but he failed to make an impact and ended up conceding 38 runs from his three overs.
Fleming, however, begged to differ and said, "I think the ball nipped around too much. The seamers created enough opportunities. The guys did not take it. If we got a couple of early ones, even later on Ishwar Pandey was getting the ball to nip around.
"The balance of the side was right it's just that we did not execute well enough. KKR just cashed in on it and batted beautifully. They did it really well."
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