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Kings not under pressure says Wessels

Chennai, May 23 (UNI) Striking a confident note, coach Kepler Wessels asserted that his team, the Chennai Super Kings, will bounce back against the Rajasthan Royals in the crucial India Premier League (IPL) match at the M A Chidambaram stadium here tomorrow.

Talking to newspersons here as the Kings were having a knock at the nets in the afternoon, Wessels said ''it is an excellent opportunity for us to measure ourselves against the tournament's top team.'' ''But we are not under pressure. But I am aware that we need to win one of the two remaining games to qualify for the semi-finals,'' he said .

He said the Super Kings would make one change and also reshuffle their batting order, but declined to provide details.

The Super Kings are on 14 points from 12 matches while the Royals have already qualified for the semi-finals.

On the shock defeat to the Bangalore Royal Challengers here on Wednesday last, Wessels said it was pointless to keep looking back and added that in a long tournament such as the IPL, teams were bound to lose a few matches.

''When we were at full strength, we won the first four games and on losing a few key players, we lost some matches. But more importantly, we always remained in the top four. At the start of the IPL, our two goals were to win as many matches as possible and also develop local cricketers,'' he said.

Looking ahead to tomorrow's game, Wessels said Super Kings were optimistic of delivering a good result.


Story first published: Friday, May 23, 2008, 20:07 [IST]
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