The numbers haven't stacked up for them. But, surely, there is something called the Law of Averages.
That is what Deccan Chargers are banking on as they try to break the nought at Uppal stadium against Trinidad and Tobago in the final Group A encounter of the Champions League in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Chargers lost their first match against Somerset by a wicket, but T&T did them a favour by beating the English side by a big margin in the second game.
Which worked well for Chargers, as far as the net run-rate is concerned. But they still have to win if the Indian Premier League champions are to advance into the league stage. If they win by 65 runs or more, Somerset could still survive in the tournament.
“Our first priority is winning,” said Chargers' Kiwi all-rounder Scott Styris on the eve of the crucial game. “And if we do, we would like to take Trinidad and Tobago with us into the next round. Trinidad beating Somerset (by 44 runs) was a perfect result for us. It was a big confidence booster.”
“Of course, playing here, we are always under pressure. I think we have disappointed the fans by not winning a single game in Hyderabad. But we are due for a change of luck.”
That change of luck could have so easily come in the last match. They were, however, done in by the temerity of the Somerset lower order, Alfonso Thomas and wicketkeeper James Hildreth in particular.
Even more, they were done in by their impressive list of batting stars, who faded into the night without leaving their mark. On a wicket laid out for batsman, especially of the T20 variety, Chargers came up short. By at least, “30 runs”, their skipper Adam Gilchrist remarked later.
“They (T&T) are a very good unit,” added Styris. “The West Indian T20 is also a good side. This team has a lot of their national players. We can't take them lightly.”
While the IPL teams have started on the wrong foot, Chargers could take heart from the fact that the other two-Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils-have come back strongly and booked their places in the next leg.
“You could see some rustiness from us. Most of the players in the IPL teams haven't played a lot of international cricket before this tournament. You improve as you play more cricket and we saw that from the other two sides,” he said.
Chargers would definitely hope the trend stays true as they look to wrap up the group contests, and keep their place in the league of champions.