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Anand Subramaniam in Delhi

Unfortunate to be in this position: Wright

MI coach blames weather and losing start for team’s current situation in the tournament

The Mumbai Indians have played three games so far in the tournament. They started off with a loss against the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, and won their third game comprehensively against the Lions, after their second game against the Otago Volts was washed out without a ball being bowled due to the rain in Ahmedabad.

The points where shared between the two teams and now the Mumbai Indians are in a position where they have to keep in mind a lot of permutations and combinations to hope for a spot in the semi-finals. “It is unfortunate when the weather has a bearing on the tournament because it sometimes interrupts the momentum and the flow of the tournament,” said MI coach John Wright. “We have already missed out on one game, which is proving to be problematic for us. Let us hope the Delhi weather is fine and we get two good games of cricket tomorrow.”

The semi-final chances for the Mumbai Indians look bleak. Their fate first depended on the Highveld Lions-Otago Volts game, wherein they required the Lions to beat the Volts. Sadly for MI, the Volts won a thriller and now they need results to go their way. They are in a precarious position and Wright blamed it on their losing start in the tournament.

“We knew that first game was important to win and we did not and that is why we are in this situation. Then, we were watching the television the other night and were hoping that the result of the game works in our favour, but it was not to be. We are in a situation where a lot of us have not been in before much. Let us hope for the best and we will work out what we have to do tomorrow,” he said.

MI face the Perth Scorchers in their next game at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, and Wright believes that the pitch would be a batting track that would assist their batsmen. “I had a quick look at the wicket and I was told that it would be a good batting wicket and we hope it is true.

 Generally it is a good batting wicket and it will suit us. Whatever happens, we have to bat really well to stand a chance. We really have to bat quickly. It is an interesting challenge for us.”

Wright also said that the team was in good spirits and looking forward to playing their final group match on Monday. “We have got to make the best of tomorrow against the Perth Scorchers and go with the right attitude. We would love to qualify for the semis, because we are a tough team to beat.” 

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