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We’ve ourselves to blame for mess

india Updated: May 20, 2009 02:18 IST

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As I’ve said, our bowling and fielding has been good but the batting has let us down consistently, and this has affected our progress in the tournament.

The loss to the Delhi Daredevils has put us in a do-or-die situation in our final clash against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.

The points table looks very complex with most teams being neck and neck. However, one result can change the way it looks.

This is good news for cricket. I have not seen a keener contest for the final four slots, and if we win against the Knight Riders, our hopes of making the semifinals will stay alive.

Some may say that constant shuffling of the batting line-up has been our problem, but I don’t think that has affected the team much.

I could not watch the Knight Riders chase down the Super Kings’target, but I am told it was a classic encounter. The former are already out of the competition, so they will play fearlessly against us.

We will again bank on Graeme Smith’s experience at the top and will continue to back him there. I have no doubt that we can reach the semi-finals, but are dependent on other things falling in place.

If the Kings XI lose to the Chennai Super Kings and we beat the Knight Riders, we’ll be secure. If this happens, the Kings XI will stay on 14 points while we will move to 15.

Things could have been a lot better for us and we have ourselves to blame for the situation we are in. Anyway, we will be better for the experience.