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It's going to be tough for CSK against MI, says Stephen Fleming

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Mumbai, April 16: Notwithstanding Mumbai Indians' poor start in this IPL season, Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming is wary of the home team's capabilities and insists that the visitors, who are unbeaten so far, have not lowered their guard for tomorrow's game.

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"Some of our players have had very good success here. The Indian players (in the team) still remember the World Cup win (at this venue in 2011). There's a good feeling around this ground. (But) Realism is, it's going to be tough and, given the start Mumbai's had, it's going to be tougher. We have to play really well and not show any complacency or any overconfidence," said the former New Zealand skipper at the match-eve press conference at the Wankhede Stadium, here today.

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Fleming was referring to MI's string of three losses that has confined the 2013 champions to the bottom of the league table without a point to their name. Talking about his own team, the 42-year-old former player - who has been with the two-time champions as a player first before moving into a coaching role - said that crossing the line against Delhi Daredevils in their opening game was crucial.

"It has been good for us. We crossed the line in one and played very well in the other (against Sunrisers Hyderabad). This is a different challenge. That's what we are addressing today. We will train well. We have always enjoyed playing here."

Fleming said the road to Cup glory is a long and arduous one and needed a lot many players to pull the team in unison.

"We haven't won (title) for three years though we have come very close. What we are going to do is climb it slowly, step by step, to get to that position again. You have to play really well for a long period of time to get there.

"We are trying to earn the right to reach the final, that's what every team is aiming to do. Getting across the line in the first game was very important. We were meters away from losing.

"If we play well and if you have McCullum to get a hundred and Dhoni a sixty, chances are we will win the game. But that doesn't happen all the time. It could be Raina's game, the next one, or someone else's, which keeps boosting you. That's what we pride ourselves on."


Story first published: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 18:16 [IST]
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