We are half-way through for semifinals: Warne

Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne said they were almost half-way through for a semifinal berth of IPL 3.

updated: March 28, 2010 15:43 IST
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After his side notched up a 17-run victory over Chennai Super Kings here on Sunday, Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne said they were almost half-way through for a semifinal berth of IPL 3 and the only thing that remains to be done was to maintain the winning momentum.

Warne said his side's performance in the last four matches itself spoke much about their improvement in both batting and bowling departments and the team was now full of confidence.

"Still there are games to go but we are almost half-way through to semifinals. We are right back into the contention and need to just carry on the winning momentum," Warne said.

On the performance of his side in Sunday's match, he said it was a team effort and praised the young players especially Naman Ojha and Siddharth Trivedi for putting up a good show.

"Really, credit goes to all members. Hard work of the boys is showing and all are performing like a team. Shaun Tait bowled some tight spell especially his 19th over was great. Ojha batted extremely well. He is a key component of the team. Trivedi was an under-rated bowler and I was surprised to know that he is not yet part of the Indian squad," he said.

"This team showed great courage and commitment in the field today which resulted in our win," he added.

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said there was no single reason for his team's defeat on Sunday and both the batting and bowling department failed to click.

"If it was one reason, we could have rectified it, but what happened is if one department failed either batting or bowling than pressure develops on the other department. That's what happened and also if we had restricted them 10-15 runs less than it could have been a better target to chase," Dhoni rued.

He said changes were not working for the side and the need of the hour was to have a settled squad and perform better in the remaining matches.

"We have made quite a few changes in our team, but nothing is really working for us. We are ending up doing more and more changes. We need to settle with one squad. From now onwards every game is important," Dhoni said.

Man-of-the-match Naman Ojha, who scored a 49-ball 80, said, "I had a good domestic season and that made me a better player and more responsible one. The domestic performance has helped me a lot in the IPL."