Hyderabad: They have, although ended Rajasthan Royals' hopes of making it to the playoffs, Deccan Chargers’ stand-in skipper Cameron White said his team would now seek to upset the chances of Royal Challengers Bangalore when the two sides clash in an IPL 5 match on Sunday.
Deccan on Friday dashed Rajasthan’s hopes by sealing a comprehensive five-wicket victory here. "When you are at the bottom of the table there is a hope to upset some other people's [teams] tournament. It's unfortunate that it happened to Rajasthan today but hopefully we can finish with a win to finish the competition on Sunday," White said. "We need to win [match against RCB] and that's our main goal," he said after Friday’s match.
When asked about their plans to control the destructive Chris Gayle, White said they have a strategy ready for the West Indian swashbuckler. "It is a modified plan which will be discussed in the team meeting. He [Gayle] is batting really well." On their win against Rajasthan, White said, "It was a good win and Dale Steyn performed well with his spell of four overs which was a big part of the game. We played well and it was nice to combine with bat and ball in this game. We lost a few games pretty badly and this is the third victory which is really nice," White said.
The Australian said had Rajasthan scored another 20-25 runs, it might have proved difficult to chase. "It was a bat first wicket and if Rajasthan Royals had got another 20-25 runs more, I think it would have been a difficult chase," he said. About Kumar Sangakkara sitting out for Friday’s game, White said, "Kumar is having a rest and I am pretty sure he will be back for the RCB match and captain the next game."
Rajasthan’s captain Rahul Dravid said, "It was disappointing. We knew we had to win this game to have any chance of going into the playoffs. I would have really loved to go to Jaipur with a win here and have a chance to play the last match there to qualify. That was not to be and that's life. But we did not play well enough to win against Chargers. We did not put our best performance with the bat and it showed," he said.
"But full credit should go to our team for the way we fought this season. Guys have worked really hard and I think we surprised a lot of people but for this day today we will be disappointed. But, when we look back on the whole season there are lot of positives we can take from."
He praised Deccan saying, "They [Deccan] bowled really well in the first six overs. [Amit] Mishra then bowled well in the middle over and took a couple of key wickets. It was a good performance from Deccan Chargers. They fielded very well, bowled well and got off to a great start. Credit must go to them as they were the better team today."