Worst day of the tournament, says Yuvraj

Published: Sunday, June 1, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: ''It was our worst day of the tournament'', this is how Yuvraj Singh, captain of the vanquished King's XI Punjab described his team's loss to Chennai Super Kings in the semifinal of the DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede stadium.

Speaking to mediapersons after his team lost to Super Kings comprehensively last night, Yuvraj Singh blamed his batsmen for the defeat.

''We lost too many wickets at the top of the order and in a Twenty20 game it is very difficult to comeback once we fall behind.

We would have had a chance if we could have managed to get some early wickets but that also did not happen,'' he said.

He, however, said that overall he enjoyed leading the King's XI team adding, ''though we were not good enough today to put up a fight''.

Yuvraj did not blame the wicket, saying that it was a good wicket on which a score of 160 to 180 could have been achieved batting first, but the early wickets did them in.

Tom Moody, the coach of the King's XI agreed with Yuvraj's view of not being good enough on the day.

''Our batsmen failed to execute the plans. The batting stumbled at this hurdle and unfortunately for us this was the hurdle from which there was no coming back as we are out of the tournament now,'' he remarked.

On the final tomorrow, Moody said he would go with Rajasthan Royals to win the trophy.

''They have been the most consistent side in the tournament and Shane Warne's captaincy and positiveness have rubbed off on his players. He has been a huge reason on them doing well. However, at the same time Chennai Super Kings are a dangerous team. However, I would go with Rajasthan Royals'', he added.


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