Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming blamed CSK's poor fielding for their loss against Mumbai Indians in match no. 43 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015.
CSk are known to be the best fielding side of this tournament. With the likes of Brendon McCullum, Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and others, opponents feel that they have to score 20 odd extra runs, as it is difficult to get the ball past these men as they are usually brilliant on the field.
But during the game against MI, the world saw a completely different picture. CSK fielders were dropping catches all over, leading to their six-wicket defeat at their fortress in Chennai.
Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum and Ravindra Jadeja missed easy chances and ended up giving extra lives to MI batsmen, who capitalized on those opportunities.
"Catches going down put us off the phase. We were hanging in and creating chances but in the end lost our way," said Fleming at the post-match press conference.
Fleming went on to defend the batting performance instead. He also added that 150-plus scores are defendable if the side bowls and fields well.
"Such scores of 150 to 160 are very good. We created chances in winning the game today but they played very well. I think we were predictable," Fleming said.
"It is an amazing victory, especially beating Chennai in Chennai. It is amazing for the team and as well individually for me," Fleming added.