Chennai: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming today said that he was surprised to see his team among the top four in the Indian Premier League (IPL) standings.
"The team that wins (tomorrow) goes top four, top five spot. It`s unusual for us, usually scrapping around in the middle stage. We`ll be trying to get a game here and there. But (this situation) can change very quickly, we`ve got to maintain the standard," Fleming said on the eve of their match against Rajasthan Royals.
"Certainly at home, we don`t take anything for granted. We`ve had four wins (so far). We`ve had scraps in each one of those and the last one was a real scrap. That just keep reminding us how well we have to play and give respect to your opponent. We won`t be taking our foot off the pedal for the rest of the tournament." he added.
With the ball turning in the last few games, Fleming was asked how much of a threat Shane Warne would be. "There hasn`t been excessive turn. If you see the last game, (DC) they could`ve got 160. There wasn`t excessive turn. There were stages in the game where it looked like there was some big turn. It tends to flight now, the last couple of games. "Certainly from a fielding point of view, we could`ve done more."
Assessing his opponents, Fleming said, "They`ve got an all-round option in Shane Watson and then with Warne and Botha, they have a couple of good spinners. It`s gonna be an interesting match-up, the teams are a bit similar in the bowling department.
"But we expect our top order, which is yet again in good form, get a score on the board or chase a score down. Conditions are still hard to rate, it could be a 180 plus or 170. We expect the conditions to be similar to the one we played in, but we`re still very wary," he said.
The former New Zealand skipper said he was not surprised by Botha`s performance.
"I am not surprised at all by Botha. He`s been a good campaigner for South Africa. He`s captained their T20 side. I`m not surprised by his batting, I`ve seen quite a lot of it over the years and he`s a good competitor. He`s a handy bowler, so he`s a good acquisition for Shane."