'Mumbai Indians can still make the play-offs'
Just two wins in eight games notwithstanding, defending champions Mumbai Indians' batsman Ambati Rayudu still believes the team has a chance to make the semifinals if it raises its performance by a few notches.
"We have to win most of our away games as well as when we come back here. If we just play the way we are playing and just step it up a little bit, I think we should be okay," Rayudu said, after Mumbai's loss to Chennai at the Wankhede.
Two-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings also snapped the defending champions' 10 match winning spree at the Wankhede Stadium and when asked what went wrong, Rayudu said, "If I analyse it, maybe a few decisions here and there might have been tough."
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Image: Mumbai Indians players celebrate a wicket
'I don't really evaluate my batting in T20 format'
The 28-year old said the title-holders played well and the match could have swung either ways.
"It (the wicket) was slightly slow, when you compare it to the last two games. Ball was not really coming onto the bat and maybe towards the end there was dew on the wicket so it was skidding a little bit.
"But even in early part of their innings, they were struggling because the ball was stopping and coming. I feel all in all we played a good game. Maybe it could have gone either ways," he said. Rayudu notched up his first half century in the tournament this year, a 43-ball 59, and said he was pleased the way he was batting.
"In T20, when you bat in different numbers your role differs from game to game. I cannot say my role everyday is to walk in and hold one end. I am pretty happy with the way I am batting and I don't really evaluate my batting in T20 format as such but I am happy with the way I am batting," he said.
Image: Ambati Rayudu of Mumbai Indians hits a shot