IPL 2020: I'd love to see more intent from batsmen, says CSK coach Stephen Fleming

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IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming pointed out the areas where the team has been going wrong so far after their 37-run defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.

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Chennai Super Kings are in the midst of their worst start to an IPL seasonCSK went down by 37 runs against RCB after failing to chase down 170 in DubaiCSK are placed 6th on the table with 5 defeats from 7 games so far

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has demanded more intensity from the team's batsmen after yet another disappointing performance in their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.

CSK went down meekly by 37 runs against RCB in Dubai after failing to chase down a par score of 170, ending up with 132 for 8 with just four of their batsmen managing to score in double figures. They are in the midst of their worst start to an IPL season and are placed 6th on the table with 5 defeats from 7 games so far.

"If we don't get a good start at the top with our two overseas players, we're falling into a hole. So we're looking for positive solutions. What I'd like is a little bit more intensity through the middle overs," Fleming said in the post-match press conference.

"We've got plenty of batting, and while we're recovering pretty well, we are just ending up with too much to do at the back. So, trying to release the shackles and just allow the hitters towards the end a little bit more freedom," he added.

MS Dhoni had slammed the batsmen for the defeat and talked about the need of a change in their approach which Fleming also reiterated along with some other factors which he pointed out.

"If you look at a couple of other factors, this one is an ageing team. Also, the conditions. The spinners at this stage are playing a small role but still not playing the substantial role we are used to.

"We are looking for ways to compete and change the style of play, given we have been so consistent with our selections. We are certainly scrapping, trying to find a way, it is a bit foreign and the results are showing.

"The other point is we've chased every game and the wickets are getting slower. It's not easy, once you lose wickets. But I'd love to see more intent. It's not that you can just keep swinging. There is some challenging bowling but intent is what we're after," Fleming said.

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