Chennai coach Stephen Fleming has warned that his team “won’t be taking the foot off the pedal for the rest of the tournament”.
The Super Kings are coming off three consecutive wins but they will be up against another form team in the Rajasthan Royals at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Shane Warne’s Jaipur outfit have also won their last three IPL games and are third – one point and one spot ahead of their opposition – in the standings.
Fleming admits Wednesday’s result could go a long way in determining both teams’ final positions.
“Yeah, it’s a big game. The team that wins… it sort of cements the top four, top five spot,” he told the Press Trust of India.
“If you lose it, each game you lose you tend to drop back into the pack, so if you can keep staying ahead you’re going to be in a good position come the last few games.”
The New Zealander added that it’s good that for once the players are making life a little easier for themselves by winning consistently instead of looking for the odd result here and there in the latter stages of the tournament.
“It’s unusual for us. We’re usually scrapping around in the middle stages. We’ll be trying to get a game here and there. But (this situation) can change very quickly, we’ve got to maintain the standard,” he said.
“Certainly at home, we don’t take anything for granted. We’ve had four wins (so far). We’ve had scraps in each one of those and the last one was a real scrap. That just keep reminding us how well we have to play and give respect to your opponent. We won’t be taking our foot off the pedal for the rest of the tournament.”
Rajasthan have plenty of options in the bowling department with Shane Warne, Shane Watson and Johan Botha all proving to be crucial so far.
“They’ve got an all-round option in Shane Watson and then with Warne and Botha, they have a couple of good spinners,” Fleming said. “It’s gonna be an interesting match-up, the teams are a bit similar in the bowling department.
“But we expect our top order, which is yet again in good form, get a score on the board or chase a score down. Conditions are still hard to rate, it could be a 180 plus or 170. We expect the conditions to be similar to the one we played in, but we’re still very wary.” Cricket365