Bangalore, May 24 UNI | 2 months ago

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming today said the team focussed on a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in its final league tie of the IPL-7 here to end second in the eight-team points table and this will help the twice champions to look forward to a strong performance in the play-offs.

Speaking to reporters after the match, when CSK comprehensively defeated RCB by eight wickets to finish second in the eight-team league phase, the coach said the win was a confidence booster for the players. "We will now be better prepared ahead of the clash against Kolkata Knight Riders in the playoffs.

"We wanted a win today and got it in the 18th over. We did not see much more than this and this will help us in the final stage of the tournament," Mr Fleming said.

The coach felt happy over the performance of veteran speedster Ashish Nehra who claimed three wickets and said it was a remarkable comeback and his presence will help the bowling attack.

"His experience helps a lot. It is nice to see someone like Ashish to come, and hopefully finish the tournament on a high note as he did today. I thought he was outstanding and we needed an experienced Indian bowler to help young bowlers. He doesn't have a huge army of fans," he said.

Fleming said team skipper M S Dhoni had done exceedingly well in this year's tournament as well and today's win was dedicated to him.

"Last three games we had struggled. But we made sure a place in play offs and Dhoni will be seen more in action from now onwards," he predicted.

On Faf du Plessis' performance hitting the half century today, the South African provided the same attacking element at the top and the partnership with Dwayne Smith secured the game for Chennai.

Looking dissapointed after being among the top wicket takes, RCB and Haryana leg spinner Yuzuvendra Chahal said poor bowling at the death was the nemisis of RCB from progressing to the play-off stage.

"Our batting did not fire either, with big names available with us not doing enough. But I should blame us, the bowlers more. Our bowling in death overs was not good. This denied us a chance to enter playoffs," he told reporters at the post-match session here.

He said the previous encounter against Rajasthan Royals when it scored 64 runs in 17 balls had hurt the team's progress.

"If we had bowled well and taken wickets, may be we would have won next three to four matches," Chahal added.

To a question he said he was happy with his performance with the ball and thanked mentor Daniel Vettori and senior Bangalore players for their support.

"Actually I did not expect to play through the tournament. Thanks to my captain Virat Kohli, I could play so many matches and also did pretty well. This will help my career as a cricketer," he said.

He said despite being an unheard name in Indian cricket, RCB captain, team coach, team officials had supported him immensely and he wanted to thank them.

(Posted on 25-05-2014)