IPL 2019: CSK open to experiment with squad in last match against KXIP

Since Delhi Capitals finished behind CSK on the points table, the defending champion is virtually assured of playing at home in the first qualifier, thereby getting two opportunities to reach the final.

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming (R) with Faf du Plessis during a training session.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming is open to experiment with the CSK playing XI in Sunday’s clash against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.

“It depends on what happens today (Saturday). If results go our way, then we can have a look at some options but right now, we are firmly fixed on winning tomorrow’s game by playing well. You don’t want to over-complicate things,” said the CSK coach.

Since Delhi Capitals finished behind CSK on the points table, the defending champion is virtually assured of playing at home in the first qualifier, thereby getting two opportunities to reach the final.

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Asked about the workload management of M. S. Dhoni, Fleming said, “We look at the workload of all the players just because we are a little bit older than other teams. So we are always monitoring that. To be honest, the positive about Dhoni being sick last week was that he could take some rest. I thought he came back pretty good. Was talking to him and he said his back felt great. He was a little bit weak from the flu that he had. At this stage of the tournament, all players are suffering from fatigue."