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    Two quick wickets cost us: Rayudu

    Mumbai Indians batsman says his team was in the hunt till 16th over against Delhi Daredevils

    New Delhi 28 April 2012
    Although a target of 208 is a tough ask, Ambati Rayudu kept the Mumbai Indians in the hunt with his 39-ball 62, which included three sixes and five boundaries. However, after losing three early wickets while chasing the mammoth target set by the Delhi Daredevils, the 26-year-old’s knock couldn’t save the game for the visitors.

    Speaking to iplt20.com after the match, Rayudu spoke about his disappointment, but he also believes that MI can bounce back.

    Excerpts from his brief conversation:

    On being in good personal form and whether he was confident of taken MI over the line after doing the same against KXIP in the last game
    I definitely thought we could win it today [given] the situation we were in. Unfortunately, we lost wickets at the wrong time; two wickets [Rayudu and Kieron Pollard got out in the 15th over off consecutive deliveries] in an over [made it] a little too difficult [...] [to deal with].

    On whether losing a wicket in the first over puts a team on the back foot

    No not really. I think we are a good enough team to win from almost all situations. So, I think we were in the game till about 16th over. It was really unfortunate that we lost wickets one after the other and it really didn’t help.

    On the score MI hoped to restrict DD after asking the hosts to bat first

    As a batsman, I would say that whatever score that they put on the board we should be good enough to get it. I think we were right in the game, and I am really disappointed that we couldn’t finish it off.

    On the Feroz Shah Kotla wicket

    It was a really good track for Twenty20 cricket, and I think both the sides really enjoyed playing here.

    On MI’s batting strategy against DD’s bowling attack, which is one of the better ones in the league

    Even we have a good batting attack. We really didn’t think much [about it] because we have good enough batsmen to tackle whatever bowling. I wouldn’t really read into their bowling as such.

    On MI’s chances in IPL 2012

    Definitely [we have chance]. The top team and I think the second last team are just separated by about two-three points, so with the second half of the tournament still to go, I don’t see two or three points making any difference at all as of now. It’s like the start of the tournament again.

    On regrouping and motivating the team

    It’s a challenge [moving forward], especially because we are not used to being in this situation since the last two years. I think it is a challenge and I am sure we are strong enough to come up with a good performance in the next game.

    On having Sachin Tendulkar and Lasith Malinga back in the team

    Definitely [it’s a good thing]. Everyone knows how [important and effective] Sachin sir is; and having Malinga back is a definite boost to our bowling line-up. I am sure that the second half of the tournament will be better than the first half.

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