Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach
Stephen Fleming on Monday revealed the best time to bat for MS Dhoni in a match. Fleming,
a former New Zealand captain, said Dhoni should come to bat after 15 overs as
CSK lost a close game. On Monday, CSK suffered 11 runs defeat to Punjab Kings
after Shikhar Dhawan notched up an unbeaten 88. Dhoni came to bat in the 18th
over and got out for 12. The defeat means Ambati Rayudu’s 39-ball 78-run knock
went in vain as CSK lost their sixth match of the season.

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“We lost a wicket in the 13th over,
pretty close to when we have seen MS Dhoni come in the last 13 years. We had
this discussion a lot, MS’ best time is from about 15 overs onwards and Jadeja
has played some good innings for us from the stage, and we don’t throw that out
based on 1-2 games,” said Fleming during a post-match press conference.

Talking about the match, Fleming said
that his team could have performed better.

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“For the majority of the innings,
we were in control. But they (PBKS) finished really well,” added the CSK
head coach.

Asked about Rayudu’s hand injury,
Fleming said that the first check was done around the break and the player’s
hand was bruising.

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“It was just a case of icing that
and getting that down and I think a little padding around the glove. It was the
same hand that was broken sometime back, so it is still pretty tender and a
knock like that can obviously cause some damage. But fortunately for us, it
settled down he batted well,” he added.

Meanwhile, Moeen Ali, who injured his
ankle, is recovering.

“X-Rays revealed there was no
fracture, which is good. We are hopeful that the recovery will be quick, given
that there is no fracture,” added the coach.

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After Monday’s win, Punjab Kings are at
the sixth spot in the points table with eight points while Chennai Super Kings
lay at the ninth spot with just four points. PBKS will take on Lucknow Super
Giants on April 29 while CSK will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 1.