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Objective attained, now on to the next task
Anil Kumble
May 16, 2011
First Published: 23:26 IST(16/5/2011)
Last Updated: 01:27 IST(17/5/2011)
Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble looks at an injury on his finger during a practice session in Mohali.

When IPL 4 started, the first aim of the teams was to finish among the top-four and make it to the play-offs. The thinking within the Royal Challengers' camp was no different.

It's a nice feeling to be a part of the play-offs and to have realised our first goal. From here on, we are in a knockout scenario. The changed format this year means this isn't quite what the teams are used to, though I am excited about what lies ahead in the next fortnight.

Luck, a factor
When you are in the knockouts, you need a bit of luck, because it boils down to how you perform on that particular day. However, it is important that we don't get too far ahead of ourselves.

The first objective has been attained, but now it becomes crucial to finish in the top-two so that we get two cracks at a place in the final. That's why it's vital to end the league phase on a victorious note. It'll allow us to carry themomentum, and will also assure us a place at the head of the group standings.

Way forward
If we finish in the top-two and win the semis, we go through to the final, which is the ideal scenario. The two teams that finish one and two play two semis, while the teams that end up third and fourth first play what is effectively a quarterfinal, the winner then playing a semifinal.

Hawkeye


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