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Losing wickets hurt us

india Updated: May 22, 2013 23:59 IST
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At various stages of our Qualifier against the Super Kings, we had our noses in front, so it was disappointing that the Mumbai Indians ended up as the losing side. The final margin of defeat, 48 runs, wasn't indicative of how the match panned out.

Under the circumstances, 180 would have been a par score. MS won an important toss, and while that wasn't the difference between victory and defeat, it would have been nice to bat first, put runs on the board and put the opposition under scoreboard pressure.

Instead, that's exactly what Chennai did. We conceded 10-15 runs too many and while that might not appear much, it is a huge factor in a 20-over game with so much at stake.

Special talent
Once we had conceded more than 190, we needed to bat really well and for that, we had to get off to a good start. Dwayne Smith rose to the occasion with some fabulous stroke-play. Smithy is blessed with the ability to effortlessly clear the ropes and hit powerfully over the infield.

He showcased both attributes with the third fastest half-century of this season, setting the stage for a victory charge which, unfortunately, didn't materialise.

At the Kotla, on a good batting track, short boundaries and a quick outfield, 100 runs in the last 10 overs is eminently gettable.

However, we didn't have wickets in hand and in the end, that hurt us. It was just one of those days when we were perhaps 10-15% off our best, and when you aren't at your best against a team like Chennai, it can hit your chances hard.

The writer is a former India captain