The former New Zealand player has said that RPS will try their best to win rest of the matches © IANS
The former New Zealand player has said that RPS will try their best to win rest of the matches © IANS

The Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) team, considered as one of the strongest contenders since inception, failed to impress with their performance in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and now coach Stephen Fleming has come out to say that the team is well aware of the fact that they don’t have any chances left to qualify as one of the top four teams. However, the former New Zealand player has also said that RPS, despite the fact, will try their level best to win the rest of the matches and put in front a good performance in the tournament. Live Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Match 40 at Visakhapatnam

Fleming expressed to Times of India, “We have to keep believing that if we are able to win fo ur matches on the go, we can still give our selves a chance of getting through in this tournament. There’s a possibility that that might not be enough, of course, but we must keep believing it is because the whole dynamic of the tournament can change at any point.”

He also spoke about the string of injuries that RPS went through this year. “Our injury roster has been remarkably full this year; it has been one of those seasons where an injury seems to lie in wait round every corner. What that has done is prevented us from playing together for any length of time and disrupted our combinations, which has got in the way of our momentum. To add to that, we’ve had several close games that could have gone either way , so instead of four last-over losses, we could well have had four last over wins.”

Praising Virat Kohli’s effort in the game between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and RPS, he said, “Against Bangalore, we were outplayed by one man, and we didn’t so much lose as they won owing to Virat Kohli’s extraordinary effort. Despite that, we did try and put pressure on the opposition and competed in key areas, but some teams fought better than us in certain situations.”

He also revealed the team’s plans against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), against whom the team will play their next match. “We’re up against Hyderabad next, and for obvious reasons, will focus on getting David Warner out quickly , as we did in our last game against them. Having said that, Hyderabad are one of the best bowling sides in the competition, and one reason they are on top of the table is their ability to bowl teams out, so getting Warner out cheaply is only part of the battle.”