Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming termed the 60-run defeat of his team against Mumbai Indians as a wake-up call before they proceed towards the business end of the tournament.
"Striving to get to 8-10 (victories) was what we aimed for. The nature of the competition is such that it has not been done before. There is a reason for that because getting up every day, performing well and being consistent is tough work. We were not just good enough to do that," Fleming told reporters.
"Restricting them to 130-140 was a pretty good effort. With our batting line-up, it was more than a gettable target to chase. But we had a bad day in batting. If the players needed a wake-up call, then it certainly was one."
"We had one of those days and it was the first day in the tournament which we would like to forget. I guess the positive part about this defeat is that it happened now," he opined.
"Four more games are left and it's a pretty long tournament to maintain your standards. But winning seven in a row was a pretty good effort," he added.
Fleming had no complaints regarding the pitch even though his team was shot out for 79.
"The pitch looked okay. It's a little different to what we have been playing on. The spongy nature of the Mumbai wicket made stroking the ball a bit difficult. But that's not an excuse for being bowled out for 70-odd."
"There was a lot of sideways movement, lot of spin. But the nature of the bounce was a bit different to any other pitch. But that's no excuse," he said.
"We need to win against Mumbai (at the Wankhede Stadium) at some stage in the future. We did not come close to it," said Fleming when pointed out MI's score of 4 out of 4 at this venue.
He also defended the move to promote Ravichandran Ashwin ahead of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni by saying the off spinner was a capable batsman and the important thing was to stop the falling of wickets at that stage rather than accelerate.


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