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Bowling at death gives Super Kings the edge

Gilchrist will miss another game but hopes his team will improve their dismal record against host Chennai Super Kings. Shalabh Manocha reports. Face-off

india Updated: Apr 28, 2012 01:42 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
Shalabh Manocha,Chennai Super Kings,Kings XI Punjab

For achieving the bigger goal, doing the little things right is what matters. One of them is bowling at the death in a T20 match. Even as many games this season have been lost in the last few overs, the Chennai Super Kings are a team who have this area well covered. They've placed the responsibility on Dwayne Bravo, who on most occasions, hasn't disappointed.

"Bowling at the death is an important job and no team wants to spoil the good work done for 90% of the game. We have worked on this aspect and the results are showing," said Stephen Fleming.

The coach pointed to Bravo, who has shown maximum improvement while bowling in the final overs. "He has worked on it and it is showing in his performance. In the game against the Pune Warriors, the match was pretty much about the spell in the last four overs."

The West Indies all-rounder was seen bowling yorkers at the nets with just a stump to aim at and doing well there too.

On the other hand, the Kings XI bowlers have faltered in the last few overs, especially against the Mumbai Indians. This is an aspect they hope to improve on when they take on the CSK at home on Saturday.

"We could have won the last one and were in the game till the 18th over but the last two overs didn't help us. We have discussed how to tackle the issue against the CSK," said skipper Adam Gilchrist.

No Gilly
Gilchrist will miss another game but hopes his team will improve their dismal record against the hosts. "I am still not sure when I will be back but my injury is getting better," said the wicketkeeper-batsman.

Fleming's worry
The pitch at the Chidambaram Stadium came under criticism from Fleming after the first game against MI. "I am still confused on how it is going to play, though it looks like it is better to what we are used to playing on," said the Kiwi.

First Published: Apr 28, 2012 00:03 IST