Sehwag still hopeful to move in to semis

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New Delhi, May 17 (UNI) Even though Delhi Daredevils have slipped to the fifth spot in the IPL rankings, captain Virender Sehwag is still hopeful that his team will bounce back in the tournament to claim a semi-final berth.

Speaking to mediapersons here tonight, after Kings XI Punjab defeated Delhi Daredevils by six runs, Sehwag said,''A semi-final place is still on the cards. If we win all our remaining three matches, we still have a chance to book a place in semi-finals.'' Sehwag led his team from the front and scored a swashbuckling 26-ball 51, but was unfortunate to finish on the losing side.

Kings XI Punjab emerged winners when they were comfortably placed at 94 for three after eight overs and were ahead of the required run rate under Duckworth-Lewis system.

However, Sehwag was of the view, that had it been a 20-over match, the result could have been in his favour.

''We were batting quite well and we always had a chance if it would have gone till the 20th over,'' he said.

The Delhi captain denied that his over, in which he gave away 22 runs, made it easy for the visitors.

''It was an expensive over and it came at a crucial stage too. If it would have been a 10-run over, the run rate would have gone up but it was a difficult choice as I had to save McGrath for the slog overs as well,'' Sehwag added.

Meanwhile, the victorious Kings XI Punjab captain Yuvraj Singh said since his side was aware of the target it went in their advantage in today's rain-curtailed match.

''Obviously, it does help in such situations, but in any case, even if I had would have won the toss, I would have chose to field,'' said Yuvraj who hit a bristling eight-ball 23.

The left-hander exuded confidence in his side saying that the team is ready to take on any team from here on.

''I know that we are almost through to the semis and we are ready to take on any side in the semi-final,'' he concede.


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