Fielding helped us beat Pune: Fleming

Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 10:21 [IST]
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Fielding helped us beat Pune: Fleming

Mike Hussey's half-century and three wickets from Albie Morkel earned champion Chennai Super Kings a 25-run victory against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday (April 25) in Chennai city of India's southern Tamil Nadu state.

Hussey anchored the Chennai innings with a 48-ball 61 to take them to a challenging 142 for six after the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team was put in to bat first by Yuvraj Singh.

The left-handed Hussey, put down by Yuvraj on 28, added 64 for the opening wicket with Murali Vijay (31) with half a dozen boundaries and a six.

"We've been sitting back a little bit with our fielding and we really need to if we have to win again this year. We still need to keep improving in that area. We are not blessed with athletes like Mumbai, but we are a pretty good team unit when we field well.

"So, that's a motivation and we are a little bit embarrassed by the fielding display in the last game, just because Mumbai was so good and in the past we had prided ourselves in that. So, we were desperate to make a difference and I'm thankful to say that the players did," Fleming said.

West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor picked up three wickets for 30 runs for the Pune outfit, who lost their third in five matches in their debut season of the IPL.

The Pune side lost four wickets for 40 inside the first six overs and never recovered from the poor start, struggling for momentum throughout their innings.

Speaking to mediapersons, Pune Warriors batsman Robin Uthappa, said the team would learn from the defeat and work towards improving their batting skills.

"I think the defeat itself is a take-away. You know we want to up our games especially in the batting department, I think we are bowling and fielding pretty well. I think we need to just go up there and you know put the runs on the board and chase the score down. So, obviously the batters have their job cut out and obviously we are looking forward to improving," he said.

Morkel picked up two wickets in his opening spell and came back to dismiss the dangerous Yuvraj (34) to snuff out the hopes of a win for Pune, who managed just 117 for nine.

Uthappa praised the opponent team for performing well at the field and maintaining the pressure.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (2-19) and Australian paceman Doug Bollinger (2-20) picked up two wickets apiece as Chennai jumped to the fourth spot in the table with the win.

Suresh Raina's excellent fielding saved important runs that could have been a threat to the home team.

Fleming also said the team had to perform well as they were playing on the home ground for the fans and to stick to their title of being the ''Champions''.

Oneindia Cricket

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