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Viru refuses to give up on play-off hopes

Posted by on May 3, 2011 0 Comment

The Delhi Daredevils’ 2011 Indian Premier League statistics make for grim reading: nine games played, three won, six lost, six points.

Despite their patchy form throughout the campaign, captain Virender Sehwag remains hopeful they can go on a winning run and qualify for the play-offs.

“It’s difficult but not impossible (qualifying for the play-offs),” Sehwag told the Press Trust of India.

“In one of the previous IPL, Deccan (Chargers) won five in a row and qualified so there is no reason why can’t we do a similar thing. But we will have to play really well to give us any chance.”

Confidence in the Delhi camp will be low though after they slumped to a seven-wicket defeat against the Kochi Tuskers Kerala at the Feroz Shah Kolta on Monday.

Their batsmen once again struggled to dig in after being asked to bat first and they could only muster 140 for six in their 20 overs. Kochi needed only 15 overs to chase down the target.

Sehwag admits his team’s fortunes with the bat depend on himself and fellow opener David Warner.

“If I and Warner give a good start we are a different side,” he said. “But we didn’t make enough runs today. It was a good wicket and we should have made 160-170.

“We lost early wickets. I and Warner got out early and then the pressure fell on the middle-order.” Cricket365

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