Having said that, I must say that it was a big heart break for us not to even make the final. Cricket is all about learning from mistakes. Unfortunately we didn't. We had our chances, but let them slip.
At 103 for four, we were back in the game, but again the last 10 overs proved crucial and we ended up conceding 92 runs. A target of 296 is huge, and to make matters worse, we were docked two overs.
We were slightly handicapped by the unavailability of Nikhil Chopra and Sunil Joshi. We did miss them. Especially when Pakistan lost those three quick wickets, a spinner could have kept things under control.
Whatever chance we had evaporated quickly. I had to take my chances if we were to make a match of it. On my lucky day it would have been a six over third man, but on Saturday I managed to hit it straight down the throat of Mohammad Akram.
Rahul and Sachin did try their best, but it was not enough. Ajay Jadeja showed how easy the wicket was. He batted with so much ease and brought us close to the target.
Had the Pakistan score been around 260-270, we could have still made a match out of it. At this level, even 20 runs matter. If you look at the One-day records you will find that bulk of the One-day games are won or lost in this margin.