Every game is important when building a team

Last Updated: Sat, Aug 04, 2012 05:00 hrs

Things have not gone our way in the past week and I have to be honest and say we're really disappointed. I wanted to be going into this final match with the series level and all to play for. Nevertheless it's still an important game for us and we need to finish strongly.

This series has been frustrating for us. The loss of two key players to injuries was a blow, but that happens and, if you want to be regarded as a strong team, you need to be able to adapt and still win games. The biggest frustration has been the mistakes we've made. Looking back over the four games we've competed really well. The only one-sided match was our win in Hambantota. Aside from that the cricket has been tight and in the last two games either team could have one going into the final 10 overs.

In the third ODI we pulled ourselves right back into the game thanks to a great Lasith (Malinga) burst and at one stage were favourites with India's lower order under a lot of pressure. But then we missed a crucial chance of Raina and let India escape.

In the fourth ODI I thought we should have cruised to 280 plus after a solid opening stand. India were a bowler short and having done the hard work we could have knocked the ball around easily. We erred though by calling the batting Power play, a mistake that helped Dhoni regain some control.

We still had a chance defending our below-par total, but then fielded terribly. I was one of the biggest culprits later on as I dropped a sitter in the slips. Luck also didn't go our way with Raina very fortunate with a couple of close calls.

Despite the frustration we have to look on the bright side. This is a strong Indian team and we are still a developing side. We’ve shown we can compete even without two senior players and that means we only need to raise our performance by a small amount to start winning consistently.

In that regard, tonight remains a very important game. Every game is important when you are building a team. A win will give us some extra confidence. It will also be appreciated by our home fans, who like us have been dissatisfied with our performances. They deserve something to cheer.

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