Chennai Super Kings Lost Momentum After Suresh Raina's Wicket, Says Stephen Fleming

Suresh Raina was dismissed for 87 off 25 balls in a massive run-chase of 227 vs Kings XI Punjab which Chennai Super Kings fell short by 24 runs.

updated: May 31, 2014 13:21 IST
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Mumbai: The run-outs of Suresh Raina and Brendon McCullum saw Chennai Super Kings lose momentum when chasing the huge target set by Kings XI Punjab in the IPL Qualifier 2, said CSK's coach Stephen Fleming after his side lost by 24 runs at the Wankhede Stadium. (KXIP vs CSK: As it Happened)

"We did not feel we were out of the game and certainly the first six overs showed how good the pitch was. Tough chasing that amount of runs over a period of time you are going to get setbacks but there's no doubt those two runs outs were instrumental in our losing our momentum," said Fleming after his side ended at 202 for seven chasing KXIP's ground record score of 226 for six. (Match Report)

"We lost Suresh and the run out of Brendon were two key moments of the game, that's why we stuttered during middle and later parts of the chase. They also bowled well, bang on target. It was tough for bowlers as 420-odd runs were scored. Their execution was better than us," said the former Kiwi skipper after his side failed to make it six out of seven finals in IPL history. (How Sehwag fulfilled his son's dream)

Raina belted 6 sixes and 12 fours in a knock of 87 in 25 balls before he was run out brilliantly by rival captain George Bailey off the first ball post powerplay, which yielded 100 runs. New Zealand captain McCullum, who is known for big hitting, was run out six overs later for 11 and from then on the Super Kings were left to play catch-up though captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried his best making an unbeaten 42 in 31 balls that narrowed the margin of defeat. (MS Dhoni Takes Sarcastic Jibe At CSK Bowlers)

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