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Win against the Royals will help us get our season back on track
Stephen Fleming
May 09, 2012
First Published: 23:37 IST(9/5/2012)
Last Updated: 23:41 IST(9/5/2012)

We came so close against the Mumbai Indians but the manner in which we lost was heartbreaking.

When Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar were batting, we thought it had slipped away. But we did a fine job of getting back into the game.

It got to a point where we should have won it.

It has been a difficult time, but we have had three days to refocus. Ben Hilfenhaus, who bowled the last over, is pretty down. It was down to one or two balls. He had bowled well till then. We now have to redraw strategy to ensure that we qualify for the knockouts.

We need to win maybe all four of our next games. But more importantly, win our next game against the Rajasthan Royals to regain confidence and keep our hopes alive. If we win three out of four, we may still make the knockouts.

Shane Watson's arrival has made a huge difference to the Royals. The Royals are coming off a couple of good wins, so it will be an interesting game.

We have had three days to adjust to the conditions in Jaipur. We have had some good practice sessions and could not have asked for a better way to rebuild our campaign.

Shane Warne certainly built a home advantage around the Royals at Jaipur. They have since been competitive on their home pitches and it is almost a fortress. But these days, the pitches are evenly balanced between bat and ball.

We are not champions by accident; we have been in such situations before so it is familiar territory for us.

We have to look forward and take it one game at a time starting with the Royals' challenge today. If we can get some momentum and win the next few games, we will be in good shape but, there is a lot of hard work to do before then!

TCM; the writer is Chennai super kings coach


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