Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming predicts another cliff-hanger between his team and title holders Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League Eliminator at the Brabourne Stadium on Wednesday.
“Mumbai were excellent against us last year. We had some revenge this year with two wins (in UAE and Wankhede Stadium in the round robin stage). But it’s not going to be easy. It’s a home game for Mumbai. We have to play extremely well. We had a great tussle with them at Wankhede and this is not going to be any different tomorrow,” said Fleming at the pre-game press conference on Tuesday.
“We are in good form and are happy with the way we came into the semi-finals (play-offs). We showed good consistency. Obviously you do have a lot to lose in semi-finals. We are also well aware that we need three wins in a row to be champions. It’s a worthy challenge.”
While praising New Zealand compatriot Corey Anderson for his blistering 95 not out in MI’s five-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals to clinch the last playoff spot on marginally better run rate last Sunday at Wankhede, Fleming hoped it would not be repeated against his side.
“Brendon McCullum (current New Zealand captain and CSK opener) was happy to see him (play that innings) in the last game and hopefully not the next game. He was happy with the Corey show. By Corey’s own admission he was disappointed with his performances to date. Certainly, he was excellent the other night. What a great game.”