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Chennai Super Kings Had Planned According to Chennai Conditions, Says Coach Stephen Fleming

IANS |May 29, 2018, 10:45 AM IST
Chennai Super Kings Had Planned According to Chennai Conditions, Says Coach Stephen Fleming

Chennai: After arriving in their home city post winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) title, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming said relocating to a different venue was a tough decision for his side.

The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK side, which hammered Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in the summit clash of the cash-rich league on Sunday, had to shift base to Pune as protests erupted against the yellow brigade following the Cauvery water dispute here.

"Most of the plans were to build a team according to Chennai's conditions but those things weren't in our control," Fleming said at a press conference on Monday.

"Moving out of Chennai was a difficult decision. We knew the conditions of Pune. We had to change the way we had to play the game," the former New Zealand skipper added.

Significantly, just a single match was possible in Chennai before BCCI shifted the remaining home games of the three-time IPL champions citing security concerns.

"We knew the conditions in Chennai. The experience enabled us to do that. It was a big change but we had to get on with it," Fleming explained.

Chennai rode on all-rounder Shane Watson's scintillating 117-run unbeaten knock to hunt down the 179-run target against a team which boasted of the best bowling attack in the league.

Praising Watson, Fleming said: "We loved what Watson had done in the past and our discussion was of his future. We wanted him in a different way."

"Opening the batting and bowling a few overs. He's incredibly professional. He looked after himself and managed well," the coach added.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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