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Brilliant fielding helped our bowlers: Fleming

April 26, 2011, 9:21 AM IST
Brilliant fielding helped our bowlers: Fleming

Chennai: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming lauded the effort of his bowlers and fielders which helped his team carve out a fantastic 25-run win over Pune Warriors.

"We would look to replicate this standard of fielding in our coming matches. Today, we were desperate to win. This kind of fielding helps the bowler to be a bit more confident and gives the skipper much more confidence to dictate the game.

"We need to keep improving in that area. We were embarrassed with our fielding in the last game and we were desperate to make the difference," Fleming said at the post-match press conference.

Fleming admitted that his team was 15 runs short of the par-score.

"We knew it was a below par score. Since our best players were struggling on that track, we felt it would be a tough score to attain."

The former New Zealand captain said that his boys were successful in increasing the pressure as the match progressed.

"We knew we had to bowl and field well. We increased the pressure on the rival batsmen as the match progressed. When they were scoring at six runs an over, we knew we had a good chance to win the match."

Jesse Ryder's wicket was the key as if the Kiwi batsman would have got a few big hits, it would have set the platform for Yuvraj to consolidate.

"If Jesse Ryder got going that would have created a platform for Yuvraj. Then it would have been difficult. Our idea was to take early wickets and the fielders complemented the bowlers well."

Fleming termed Ravichandran Ashwin as a transformed bowler after his stint with the victorious Indian team.

"He has always been a match-winner for us. He is always a confident bowler and transforms himself well as he takes wickets. He is working hard on improving his strengths.

"The last four months in international cricket had really made him more matured. Ashwin is an asset. His variations always help him like the manner in which he dismissed Jesse Ryder with his arm ball today."

Fleming defended Murali Vijay who has often failed to convert his good starts during the tournament.

"Vijay is in a situation where he is providing us the platform to push the pace. He understands the situation pretty well. Vijay is one of our key players. He needs to get big score and we have faith in him that he will get a big score."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

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9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
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9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

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2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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