A video of Stephen Fleming press conference after Chennai Super Kings win over Rajasthan Royals.

 

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming was not concerned by the late finish by his side in their seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals, saying that the home side was always in control of the IPL match.

 

Asked why his side left it so late to win the match in the last ball, Fleming said, “We should not have but we were always in control of things. It got tight in the end after we lost Suresh (Raina) and Faf (du Plessis) and they also bowled well.

 

“They did not give us any easy runs, especially Brad Hogg. They put a lot of pressure and the pitch was getting slower and lower. It was not easy to get beneath the ball and clear the field. A few more runs and it would have been tighter,” he said.

 

On captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ability to finish matches, Fleming said, “That's why he is a key player and he ensured that we crossed the line without much trouble. This is one of the things he brings into the team, and this is the reason he was sent to finish off the innings.”

 

Asked about his side's fluctuating fortunes in the tournament, he said, “We don't overanalyse our defeats and we don't overanalyse our wins either. It's always going to be a bit up and down. Teams that dominate IPL don't necessarily win the title. We are aware of that but at the same time we are pleased about the recent results.