Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming reckons having an experienced bunch of players is a significant factor towards the business end of the tournament.
“Our preparation is based on experience. We could still have a poor day but at least we cover ourselves in terms of preparation,” said the Kiwi after his side booked its place in the Pepsi IPL-VI final, thanks to 48-run win over Mumbai Indians here.
The former New Zealand captain believes “a good relationship from top to down” also contributes to CSK’s success.
Fleming admitted his side was put on the back-foot by Dwayne Smith’s initial assault and he did panic a little. Ravindra Jadeja's dismissal of the West Indian was the turning-point of the match, added the 40-year-old.
Outstanding in the field
Fleming also termed his side’s fielding “outstanding.”
When questioned on Michael Hussey’s astonishing form, the Kiwi exclaimed: “He would be shocked at the way he’s playing!”
Looking ahead to the final, Fleming expressed hope that CSK’s opposition would play a couple of taxing games before the summit clash.
Mumbai Indians next plays the winner of the Rajasthan Royals-Sunrisers Hyderabad contest in Qualifier-2, which takes place here on May 24.
‘Didn't stick to plans’
MI skipper Rohit Sharma claimed his team didn’t stick to its bowling plans — bowling back of a length, in addition to slower deliveries.
The middle-order batsman added that CSK benefitted from keeping wickets in hand, which allowed the team to exploit the short boundaries and fast outfield at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium.
Sharma also rejected any suggestions that MI tends to choke in knockout games.