CSK coach Stephen Fleming compares Mumbai’s dew to Niagara Falls. The defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, have lost their first two IPL 2022 games.
On March 31, the Chennai Super Kings were defeat by the Lucknow Super Giants by six wickets in a high-scoring match at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium. This was CSK’s second loss in a row this season. In the opener, they were defeat by the Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets.
It should be noted that this was the defending champions’ second consecutive loss while also defending a total. After Chennai once again fail to get the job done with the ball in hand during the second innings, head coach Stephen Fleming stated that the dew factor prevent the CSK bowlers from doing anything exceptional. At the same time, the former New Zealand captain compared Mumbai’s dew to Niagara Falls.
Stephen Fleming: Spinning options were removed from the game
“If you look earlier, you would have noticed that spinning options been remove from the game. Because the wetness was comparable to Niagara Falls, and they [LSG] performed admirably. So it was very hard to, one, grip the ball for a spinner and, two, to be effective. ” said Fleming while speaking to the host broadcasters after the contest.
“We were one over short early on, but they play well.” We always knew we need to pick up an over somewhere – we were hoping to generate enough of a run-rate near the end to squeeze someone in,” he added.
“We thought it (referring to CSK’s 211) was about par, and that’s the nature of the conditions right now – they very much favor the team batting second,” the former opener said. Dew has been crucial in the ongoing IPL season, as the team batting first has only won once out of seven matches so far.
Following their first two defeats, the four-time champions will be hoping to stage a comeback and earn their first two points of the season. The champions will next be seen in action on April 3 against the Punjab Kings at the Brabourne Stadium.