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Gilchrist hails team effort
Hyderabad captain Adam Gilchrist put his team's astonishing turnaround in the IPL down to self-belief and effort as they sealed a semi-final spot with a victory over Delhi.
Needing victory to progress at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Hyderabad made only 145 for seven, Andrew Symonds (54) doing the bulk of the scoring.
Paul Collingwood (51 not out) threatened to take the game away from Hyderabad with stiff rearguard action, but the visitors held their nerve and eventually restricted Delhi to 134 for seven.
The victory took Hyderabad to second spot in the table with 16 points and it also marked their fifth consecutive victory after a run of five losses in the middle of the tournament which left them languishing second last in the table.
"Someone asked me at the toss before the first match in this run of five wins what I was thinking and whether there was a relaxed feeling knowing that it was all or nothing," said Gilchrist.
"I guess there was an element of that, but we also looked at it as a whole new tournament in itself.
"We needed to win all five and we just kept ticking them off.
"We certainly had the belief. If you don't have belief then you are never going to get there.
"It's been a great team effort and some of the guys have shown great consistency.
"It's like a new tournament from here on, but we have enjoyed the tournament so far and it's great credit that we actually managed to finish second in the table."
Gilchrist was pleased with the victory over Delhi and credited his bowlers for the win.
"This was an outstanding game and everyone was buckled to their seats not knowing quite which way it was going to swing," he said.
"Great courage from our bowlers and Symonds fought well to get us to that total, but it was the bowlers who showed great character."
The Hyderabad skipper believed their previous experience of playing in Navi Mumbai, the new venue of the semi-final, would hold them in good stead.
"The shift in venue has not changed things massively for us, but we have had the good fortune of playing two games in Navi Mumbai and we have the experience to drawn on," he said.
"We played relatively well in those games and although we were beaten twice, we were really in those matches up to a certain point.
"We can really take confidence from that.
"We can't be massively disappointed that its not in Bangalore because we haven't thought about the semi-final as yet. We will start planning for it today."
 
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