Chennai: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming lauded his team’s brilliant fielding performance and said it made all the difference as they crushed Pune Warriors by 25 runs.

"We would look to replicate this standard of fielding in our coming matches. 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,” said Fleming.

"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.

However, the coach admitted that his team was 15 runs short of the par-score.

The former New Zealand captain said 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,” he added.

Fleming termed R Ashwin as a transformed bowler after his stint with India's World Cup winning 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,” said the coach.

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

(Agencies)