Despite losing, Royals eye play-offs spot: Botha

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Published: Friday, May 11, 2012, 14:50 [IST]
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Rajasthan still eyeing play-offs berth

Jaipur, May 11: They may be struggling in the middle of the table after the four-wicket loss to defending champions Chennai Super Kings on Thursday but Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Johan Botha said his team still has a chance of making it to the play-offs.

"It was a bad loss against Chennai but we can still make it to playoffs if we win the three remaining matches. The fact that we have to play two against lowly Pune Warriors and Deccan Chargers and the last against Mumbai Indians gives a little chance. While the other teams fighting for a playoff slot will be playing against big teams," said Botha.

Speaking about the match against the Super Kings, Botha said it was a close game and the reigning champions finished it very well.

"We were right there most of the time but the guys (S Anirudh and Albie Morkel) played a couple of good shots and took the game away from us. It was disappointing but we still hope to reach playoffs," Said Botha.

Despite rain playing spoilsport, Rajasthan managed to score a mere 130, but the Southa African all-rounder said there were no excuses and credited S Anirudh and Albie Morkel who finished the game very well.

"It is always a disadvantage for the batting side if the game stops due to rain but we put in a good effort to reach around 130 but would have loved a few more runs. Despite this it was a close game and there are no excuses and credit should be given to guys who finished it off very well," he said.

Backing Australian pacer Shuan Tait, Botha said Tait only gave away runs in the last over.

"I don't think he was erratic at all. Infact he bowled his first three overs at blistering pace and gave away only 8 odd runs. It was only in his last over that he was taken for few runs," Said Botha.

Talking about the pitch, he said,"Some of the batsmen said that the ball was stopping a bit but I was not behind the wicket to know much about this."


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