Kolkata: Their campaign stuttering due to continuous failures with both bat and ball, time may be fast running out for the Deccan Chargers but their fielding coach Trevor Penney today said they have still not lost hope of advancing to the knockout stage of the Indian Premier League.
Penney said if they win at least eight of their remaining 11 matches, they would have a realistic chance of making the cut.
"I think we need eight wins and we have 11 games left. Anything is possible. I know in my first year with Kings XI (Punjab), we won about 10 games out of 11 after losing the first few. So, it`s possible," Penney told reporters at the pre-match press conference ahead of their return-leg clash against the Kolkata Knight Riders here tomorrow.
The Chargers lost to the Knight Riders in a last over finish yesterday after Anand Rajan dropped Debabrata Das during a crucial stage of the match.
"In Twenty20, when you get on a run, you can definitely do it. We`ve played good cricket. It`s just 95 per cent we`ve played well and five per cent we`ve let ourselves down."
Penney said they did well in the last four matches but could not finish on winning note.
"In the last four matches, we`ve played good cricket. Just at the big moments, we`ve made a mistake either with the bat, the ball or in the field. Whether it be a poor over or a dropped catch or not taking on the right bowler at the right time.”
"First game (against Chennai Super Kings) we didn`t play that well. Fair enough. But the team is still very confident. We`ve had four last over losses. That`s been very down for the team because we`ve been so close to winning the games. But we still have 11 games and in T20, it (the situation) can just turn (around)," he said.