Will look to upset RCB`s playoff chances: White
Hyderabad: They have ended Rajasthan Royals` hopes of making the playoffs and Deccan Chargers stand-in skipper Cameron White said his team would now seek to upset the chances of Royal Challengers Bangalore when the two sides clash in an IPL league match here on Sunday.
Chargers last night dashed the hopes of Rajasthan Royals of making it to the playoffs by sealing a comprehensive five-wicket victory at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium at Uppal here on Friday night.
"When you are at the bottom of the table there is the hope to upset some other people`s tournament. It`s unfortunate that it happened to Rajasthan today and hopefully we can finish with a win to finish the competition on Sunday," White said.
"We need to win (match against RCB) and that`s our main goal," he told reporters in the post-match press conference here last night.
Asked about their plans to control the destructive Chris Gayle, White said they have a strategy ready for the West Indian swashbuckler.
"It will be a modified plan and the team meeting will discuss on that. He (Gayle) is batting really well."
On their win against Royals, White said "It was a good win and Dale Steyn performed well with his spell of four overs which was a big part of the game. We played well and it was nice to combine with bat and ball in this game."
"We lost a few games pretty badly and this is the third victory which is really nice," White said.
Some of the younger Indian players performed well in the match -- both Akshath Reddy and Shikhar Dhawan contributed well with the bat.
"It was a bat first wicket and if Rajasthan Royals had got another 20-25 runs more towards 150 I think it would had been a difficult chase," he said.
Asked about Kumar Sangakkara, who did not play against Royals, White said, "Kumar is having a rest and I am pretty sure he will be back for the RCB match and captain the next game."
After losing their must-win encounter against Chargers, Rajasthan captain Rahul Dravid said, "It was disappointing. We knew we had to win this game to have any chance of going into the playoffs. I would have really loved to go to Jaipur with a win here and have a chance to play the last match there to qualify."
"That was not to be and that`s life. But we did not play well enough to win against Chargers. We did not put our best performance with the bat and it showed," he felt.
"But full credit should go to our team for the way we fought this IPL-V season. Guys have worked really hard and I think we surprised a lot of people but for this day today we will be disappointed. But, when we look back on the whole season there are lot of positives we can take from."
Reacting to another query, Dravid said "It was a bat-first wicket. Had we got about 150 runs that would have been a pretty good score. 125 is not enough."
He praised the Chargers saying, "They (Deccan Chargers) bowled really well in the first six overs. Mishra then bowled well in the middle over and took a couple of key wickets. It was a good performance from Deccan Chargers, they fielded very well, bowled well and got off to a great start. Credit must go to them as they were the better team today."