Hats off to Smith, says CSK coach
Yesterday's two-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians may put defending champions Chennai Super Kings out of reckoning for a play-offs berth in IPL-V. With 11 points, CSK is in fourth place � just a point ahead of Rajasthan Royals and Punjab.
Chennai’s coach Stephen Fleming urged his boys to lift themselves. “We have to win three out of the next four games. We’ve got to lift ourselves. We created opportunities to win. But the nature of T20 is (that) the game can be won or lost by an individual. We saw that today,” Fleming said.
“It was a great game, phenomenal see-sawing throughout the match. We looked down and out but were back with great fielding. Hats off to Smith, it was an amazing innings. It was a real roller-coaster, wasn’t it? That’s the beauty of IPL,” added the former New Zealand skipper.
Fleming lauded his fielders for breaking the 126-run stand between Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma: “The partnership he (Sachin) had with Rohit was wonderful. What should have been a match-winning stand was turned around with splendid fielding. It was an outstanding partnership.”
Chennai Super Kings: Vijay b RP Singh 41, du Plessis run out 9, Raina c Singh b Franklin 36, Bravo b Malinga 40, Dhoni c Sharma b RP Singh 25, Morkel b RP Singh 3, Jadeja c Franklin b Malinga 9, Badrinath not out 1, Ashwin c Harbhajan b Malinga 0, Extras (LB-4, WD-5) 9, Total (For 8 wickets in 20 overs) 173, Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-52, 3-114, 4-158, 5-162, 6-169, 7-173, 8-173. Bowling: Peterson 2-0-22-0, RP Singh 4-0-28-3, Munaf Patel 4-0-46-0, Malinga 4-0-25-3, Harbhajan 3-0-14-0, D Smith 2-0-26-0, Franklin 1-0-8-1.
Mumbai Indians (Target 174): Franklin c Vijay b Hilfenhaus 1, Tendulkar c du Plessis b Ashwin 74, Rohit Sharma b Jadeja 60, Karthik b Bravo 11, Rayudu b Jadeja 0, D Smith not out 24, Peterson run out 0, Harbhajan c sub b Bravo 0, Malinga b Hilfenhaus 0, RP Singh not out 1, Extras: (W-3) 3 Total: (For 8 wickets in 20 overs) 174,
Fall of wickets : 1-8, 2-134, 3-147, 4-148, 5-149, 6-151, 7-158, 8-159,
Bowling: Hilfenhaus 4-1-34-2, Morkel 3-0-34-0, Ashwin 4-0-28-1, Bravo 4-0-39-2, Jakati 3-0-27-0, Jadeja 2-0-12-2.