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Gilchrist still optimistic of reaching semifinals

New Delhi, May 14 (UNI) Ahead of a crucial tie against the Delhi Daredevils here tommorrow, a confident Deccan Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist today said his team has still a chance of making it to the semifinals of the IPL.

''It's time to look forward. Now we have nothing to lose but to win the remaining five games. If we can win all the next five matches, we can still change the calculations for semis in our favour. That's what we are trying to do now,'' Gilchrist said on the sideline of a launch event.

The 36-year-old former Australian wicketkeeper said the team was badly missing the services of stylish batsman and skipper VVS Laxman.

''VVS Laxman is one of the best batsmen in the world. We are certainly going to miss his experience and skills out in the ground,'' he said adding,''It's a loss on our part as nobody can replace a quality player like Laxman.'' Laxman has injured his right hand in the match against the Royal Challengers in Bangalore and was ruled out from the rest of the tournament.

Deccan Chargers are currently placed second from bottom on the points table with four points from nine matches whereas Delhi Daredevils are also strugling in the second leg of the event. They are at the fifth position with eight points from nine matches.


Story first published: Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 20:35 [IST]
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