Puno, April 18: Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming was stunned by Gujarat Titans batsman David Miller’s stupendous 94 stroke, saying the left-handed batsman was “positive against playing with spinners”.
Miller’s game-winning shot, containing eight fours and six sixes, meant that Gujarat, who were in trouble at 87/5 in 12.4 overs, successfully chased down 169 with a ball to spare at the MCA Stadium in Pune and retained their top position. in the points table as well.
“Well, he played really well and played positively against the spinners, which was like a counterattack after we made early advances. But it was a quality hit. Our spinners were testing when we were doing well at that stage. So, he followed them in the game with good shots, they took some good options on the ground and we couldn’t find any weaknesses there,” Fleming said in the post-match virtual press conference.
“One thing about player weaknesses is that they distrust them and work around them to improve them. Quality players choose to make changes and come back with a little bit of form. From the way Dave played tonight, you would say that would be the best.” case,” Fleming added.
When asked about the factors that led Chennai to face their fifth IPL 2022 loss, Fleming pointed to the difference in the last five overs in batting innings between his team and Gujarat. Starter Ruturaj Gaikwad marked his return to form with a brilliant 73 at home, while Ambati Rayudu shot a quick 46 from 31 balls.
But once the duo went down, Chennai were able to get only 44 runs in the last five overs for the loss of two wickets. By comparison, Gujarat was buoyed by Miller and Rashid Khan’s 40, earning 62 runs for the loss of two wickets.
“I think there were a lot of moments in the match that one could overanalyze, but the two contributing factors were an outstanding tackle from David Miller and a very good cameo from Rashid (Khan) towards the end. The other aspect that was notable was the last few five overs in our innings.
“They pitched well and we didn’t capitalize on what was a very good base. There were some key moments throughout, but those were the two areas: the last five overs with the bat for us and the last five overs when they batted, where the difference in score. Fleming had to mourn the times when Chennai was ahead of Gujarat in the match but still ended up on the losing side, such as holding Gujarat to 37/3 on the power play. “It’s tough (the loss). We had moments in the game where we were really in control with the bat and then with the start we had, we were in pretty good shape.” “So losing games like that where we were a little bit too early, it’s often hard to accept. They played really well and they took the game from us. We could have been better in some departments, but they still played really well.”