Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming called DRS ‘absence at the start of his innings “unfortunate”, saying it had led to a chain of events that could not go in his favor in the IPL match against Mumbai Indians here.
The absence of a decision review system due to a short-circuit in 10 balls at Wankhede Stadium during the start of the innings cost CSK dearly as they were the victims of a suspicious umpiring call on the field.
While CSK opener Devon Conway failed to overturn his LBW decision when the replay indicated that the leg-stump would be removed from Daniel Sam’s delivery, Robin Uthappa also looked like Jaspreet Bumrah was lbw out in the next over. 50-50 call.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“We were a little disappointed, but it’s still a part of the game, isn’t it? It starts a chain of events that weren’t in our favor, but we should be better than that. It certainly wasn’t. Great start. ” CSK’s IPL campaign ended this year with two matches remaining this year after a five-wicket defeat against MI on Thursday.
Despite the disappointment, Fleming now wants to look positive.
“There were really some positive signs. The new ball bowling of Mukesh (Choudhary) and Simerjit (Singh) was excellent. We have been developing Mukesh throughout the season so it is good for him to have the confidence to bowl such a spell.
“He’s got a slight advantage so it’s positive that Deepak Chahar is back in the team. We have some good new ball options. We’re really positive about the next pair,” he said.
“We haven’t been as good as we should have been. We’re trying to find some pieces as we move forward.” From the play-off race, CSK will now test their bench strength in the remaining games.
“Now that we are out of the competition, we have had the opportunity to play some other players in the last two games and hopefully there will be some,” said the coach.
“We will end up looking for positives and opportunities for next season. We are not going to overdo it but we need to improve in some areas.” MI bowling coach Shane Bond has praised the return of his bowlers in the last few games.
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He was particularly impressive in his praise of Bumrah and Sams.
“As a bowling unit we have done better in the last 4-5 games, we are aggressive in the way we have bowled.
“The Bums have consistently bowled well throughout the season. They are consistent performers but often do not get the wickets they deserve. I am happy with the way they have bowled throughout the season,” Bond said.
Bond, however, was a little disappointed with Sams’ batting efforts.
“Daniel Sams did not show the talent he has with the bat. We talked about ordering him but unfortunately, he did not seize the opportunity. It is a step he could not pay.
“He will admit that he was disappointed with his performance at the start of the tournament but he has worked really hard to make a comeback with the ball. He has gotten better and better with the ball,” he said.