Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Raina Disappointed and looking forward to next match
“We dropped two catches and also didn’t bat well. I think, we have to relook at our batting line-up,” said Raia who is deputizing for an injured Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The Super Kings have lost three of their five matches and remain on four points, but more significantly, with a negative Net Run Rate that could come into play in the event of a tie for positions on conclusion of the league phase.
With nine more matches to be played, five of them at home where the Super Kings do not enjoy a good track record, having lost both the games at Chapauk, the road to the knock-out phase is getting steeper for a team that was a finalist in 2008 and semi-finalist last year.
Obviously, Dhoni’s forced absence in view of the elbow injury is hurting the Super Kings far more than they care to admit, especially in the middle-order that has proved to be a let-down.
“Hopefully, Dhoni should be with us in Mumbai for the next game. He is recovering well,” said Raina while adding that his team had not chased well in the last two games.
However, he chose to put on a brave front saying the players are looking forward to the next game in Mumbai later this week. “We have to back ourselves and do well in our next match,” he asserted.
The two dropped catches when he was on five and 25 allowed Uthappa to prosper to an extent that he simply annihilated the Super Kings bowling that conceded 67 runs in the last five overs to move from 104 for three to the eventual 171 for five.
Uthappa remained not out on 68 that came off 38 deliveries and includes six sixes (all of them in the last four overs) and three boundaries.
Raina said the team will be practicing harder for the games ahead and was hopeful of better performances in their bid to get back to winning ways.