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Murali Vijay looks forlorn after being bowled, Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Mumbai, May 5, 2013

Both Dhoni and Fleming agreed that Super Kings’ bowlers did a good job. “The way we started the match was fantastic. We also got wickets at regular intervals,” Dhoni said. “[Dwayne] Bravo bowled really well. It was a mistake on my part that I didn’t give him another over. Having said that, death bowling still remains a concern.”

Fleming said the pitch was a bit different from the usual offerings in the IPL, but that did not justify his team’s implosion. “It was a little different to what we have been playing on. The spongy nature of the Mumbai wicket made stroking the ball a bit difficult. There wasn’t a lot of sideways movement or lot of spin. Just the nature of the bounce was a bit different to any other pitch. But that’s not an excuse for being bowled out for 70-odd.”

For the second time in the tournament, R Ashwin received a rather baffling promotion up the order. In the game against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Ashwin opened with Super Kings chasing 120. Here, with Super Kings 18 for 4, he came out at No. 6 ahead of Dhoni. Fleming said that decision was taken to try to stabilise the innings before the finishers came in. “Ashwin is a capable bat. The most important thing was stopping the wickets.

“In not chasing a big total, it did not matter wasting two-three overs. We have faith in Ashwin and thought if he can get a 10 to 20-run partnership going with Hussey it may change the game with the likes of Dhoni and [Ravindra] Jadeja to come.”