IPL 2014: Mumbai Indians Not Out of Playoffs Race, Says Michael Hussey

Mumbai Indians beat Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs to stay afloat in the Indian Premier League 2014.

updated: May 20, 2014 00:08 IST
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Ahmedabad: Mumbai Indians batsman Michael Hussey said that his side were not yet out of a race for the playoffs after their crucial 25-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match here today.

"We are not yet out of the play-offs," Hussey said at the post-match press conference. "We still have faith (to make it to play-off stage) and that's the atmosphere in our dressing room. We still have three matches left. However, instead of thinking about the play-offs, we will just try to focus on our next match and give our best to win it," he said. (Also read: Kieron Pollard's 'Giant Leap' keeps MI alive)

The 38-year-old Australian said the pitch at Sardar Patel Stadium, where MI scored a competitive 178 for three riding on half-centuries from Lendl Simons (62) and Hussey (56), was not easy for batting.

"It was quite hot and the pitch was not easy for batsmen. It was a slow pitch. Me and Lendl (Simons) tried to take our partnership ahead. After 6 overs, I thought we will make around 160 runs. But, thanks to some good batting, we gave a good total to defend," said Hussey, who credited Mumbai bowlers for the comfortable win," he said.

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