IPL 2018: Stephen Fleming feels the bowling did pretty well against DD at Kotla
He felt that the batsmen had let them down as they failed to prolong their stay at the crease
Updated - May 19, 2018 6:18 pm
Yesterday’s contest at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium saw the last ranked team defeat the second-ranked team on the points table. The hosts managed to topple the Chennai Super Kings with their fantastic bowling performance. However, in spite of the win, Delhi Daredevils are all set to finish the points table at the bottom of the pile.
On the other hand, CSK remains at the second spot on the points table. The visitors could only post 128/6 in response to DD’s 162/5. Coach Stephen Fleming refused to give Bravo the blame for the loss. He felt that the batsmen had let them down as they failed to prolong their stay at the crease.
Bravo has had good days in the tournament and today wasn’t good
Dwayne Bravo yesterday ended up conceding 26 runs in the last over. He was hit four sixes in the final over of Delhi’s innings. Fleming asserted that Bravo is a good death bowler and it was a matter of just one day. He felt that overall, the bowling performance was brilliant.
“Most teams have problems in the death overs. Bravo helped us in the last game by restricting the opposition to 180 when it was set to reach 200. It is just nature of the game. He has had good days in the tournament and today was not so good. Overall, the bowling effort was pretty good,” Fleming was quoted as saying by Times Now.
I think we lost the game with the bat
Fleming felt that their batting was the reason CSK couldn’t pull it off. At the same time, he remarked that the wicket was quite slow against their expectations. Also, the fact that Suresh Raina got out for 15(18) that too at a crucial juncture, set the stage for the Delhi bowlers.
“We were not able to generate partnerships of substance. It brought the slowness of wicket into play. It was hard to generate any momentum though we did have the intent. I thought the wicket would speed up like it tends to do here but they mixed things up nicely. Raina got out after the break. They took their catches and applied pressure. It was a close game but just lost too many wickets at key times.” He told.