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Rajasthan still fancy playoff chances
Jaipur, May 11, 2012
First Published: 10:35 IST(11/5/2012)
Last Updated: 10:37 IST(11/5/2012)

Their campaign has been thrown haywire after the four-wicket loss to Chennai Super Kings but Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Johan Botha says his team still has a chance of making the IPL playoffs.

"It was a bad loss against Chennai but we can still make it to playoffs if we win the three remaining matches. The fact that we have to play two against lowly Pune Warriors and Deccan Chargers and the last against Mumbai Indians gives a little chance. While the other teams fighting for a playoff slot will be playing against big teams," said Botha.

Referring to the match against Chennai, Botha said it was close and the visitors finished it very well.

"We were right there most of the time but the guys (S Anirudh and Albie Morkel) played a couple of good shots and took the game away from us. It was disappointing but we still hope to reach playoffs," Said Botha.

When asked if the rain had any bearing on the results, the South African all-rounder said there were no excuses.

"It is always a disadvantage for the batting side if the game stops due to rain but we put in a good effort to reach around 130 but would have loved a few more runs. Despite this it was a close game and there are no excuses and credit should be given to guys who finished it off very well," he said.

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