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IPL13: MS Dhoni’s Momentum Was Pretty Encouraging For Us: Stephen Fleming

Mumbai: After stumbling to a seven-run loss against SunRisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming said that Jadeja and Dhoni brought us very close and Dhoni’s momentum was pretty encouraging. 

His remarks came as CSK failed to chase 165 runs and the side was restricted to 157/5, losing the game by seven runs.

While chasing a 165-run target, CSK found themselves at 42/4, and Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja shared a 72-run partnership. Jadeja scored his first IPL half-century and Dhoni remained unbeaten after scoring 47 runs.

Talking about Jadeja’s innings, Fleming said: “Jadeja’s innings was good, we were in trouble so it meant Dhoni and Jadeja had to take their time. They got us pretty close and Dhoni’s momentum was pretty encouraging.”

Batting first, Sunrisers Hyderabad upset themselves at 69/4 and sent David Warner, Johnny Bairstow, and Kane Williamson back to the pavilion.

It was then that the young Abhishek Sharma and Priyam Garg united at the crease to form an 83-run partnership. Priyam remained unbeaten by 51 runs while Abhishek scored 31 runs.

“We sat through the meeting, we discussed with both Abhishek Sharma and Priyam Garg. They had footage available and a lot of planning was done for them. They both played really well, that’s youth for you, I think we got a bit sloppy from the 15th over onwards, I thought we could have bowled better at them but the bowling striking was very good,” Fleming said.

“We got a little loose with what we were trying to do, in particular, they were good and we were a little patchy. We just have to get it right and some of the game is in rhythm,” he said.

SunRisers Hyderabad will next take on Mumbai Indians on October 4 while CSK will lock horns with Kings XI Punjab on the same day.

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