Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings need to quickly get over the mauling they received from Glenn Maxwell and bounce back against Mumbai Indians, head coach Stephen Fleming said Friday.
“We had reflected on the Maxwell factor at the press conference (in Cuttack two nights ago). On the positive side, we scored (around) 190 (187). Our batting is looking good. But we can tighten up under pressure and Maxwell has put us under a lot of pressure in this tournament,” said the former New Zealand captain.
The Australian went on a rampage at the Barabati Stadium slamming 90 in only 38 balls with the help of eight sixes and six fours, which piloted Kings XI Punjab to a season-high 231 for 4.
The two-time former champions replied with 187 for 6 to lose the game by 44 runs, their second defeat in 8 games, the earlier loss also coming against the same opponents in UAE.
“But in other games we have been good. We need to bounce back and play well in this game and get another win under our belt which is very important,” said Fleming.
Fleming said his side was concentrating on regaining the momentum and finishing in the top-two after the league stage to get a crack at a direct spot in the final through the first qualifier on May 27.
“It’s crucial to go on a run and win six in a row which will put us in a very good position. We know the next three games are very important for us.
All we are concentrating on is to sustain (position) in the top-two by winning tomorrow and maintain pressure on Rajasthan (Royals) and Sunrisers (Hyderabad). The table can change very quickly,” he explained.
The key for his side after the loss in the previous game was to stay calm which they had exhibited in the past, felt Fleming.