Bangalore: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming today said his team team would like to play good cricket to get into the semifinals of Oppo Champions League T20 and added that it look to take maximum advantage of playing at one venue instead of travelling across the country.
“Being in one place is an advantage. You are usually travelling and bouncing all over the country, but we need to make most of this advantage,” he told reporters at the pre-match press conference at the Chinnaswamy stadium here.
“If we can play well, get to the semifinals and win, then the final is here. If we play well we can really turn it in our favour, as can other teams as well. But we’re still happy being here,” Fleming added.
The team needs to perform better in these conditions in the next couple of games to get to semifinals, the former New Zealand captain said.
“We have to make sure we get better in these conditions in the next couple of games to get to the semifinal.”
Fleming said the team was very happy with its last win and was not complacent against Lahore Lions, whom they have watched in action in this tournament.
“We have watched the games Lahore Lions played so far. We are familiar with the way they play. We are very happy with the last win and we are not complacent,” he said.
Lahore’s pacer Wahab Riaz said the semifinal race in the group is still wide open and are determined to win the next match and put pressure on their opponents.
“If we win the game tomorrow, which we are really determined to, there will be pressure on CSK and KKR as they have to play two more games each,” Riaz said.
“It’s still a very open group and a good, healthy net run-rate will come in handy,” he added.
Riaz said the match against Chennai would be a different ball game because they had a good bowling attack that could restrict opponents from playing freely.
“We have a better bowling attack and it is going to be a different game between us and CSK. It will be not that easy for them to go after our bowlers as they did against Dolphins,” he said.
On their four-wicket loss to KKR in their first league game, Riaz said their fielding let them down.
“We were not too far behind the IPL champions as they managed to drag the game to the last over. It was our fielding performance that let them down,” he added.
Riaz said his team has the potential to beat any team including Chennai, inspite of having some big names. “Yes, there are some big names in the CSK team and our boys will feel the pressure against them. But we do have the potential to beat any team.”