It was great to start in Raipur with our second win of the tournament and I hope we can follow-up with a second straight win tonight against Kolkata Knight Riders. Given that they are just ahead of us in the points table, it’s especially important that we grab this opportunity to lift ourselves closer to the pack.
I was really pleased with the way we handled ourselves at the end of the game against Pune Warriors. We bowled extremely well in those final six to eight overs, putting the ball in the right areas and making sure we exerted sufficient pressure to clinch the game.
During this tournament thus far, we’ve had a handful of close contests where the result could have gone either way. But in those tough moments we’ve been outplayed and ultimately lost, so for a change, it was nice to win the tougher moments against Pune and bank those two precious points.
Critical to our success was of course getting the runs on the board. Given that we were playing in a new stadium, there was an element of uncertainty over what might be a par score, but we were pretty pleased to finish with the 164. Too often this season we’ve been inconsistent with the bat.
Great credit for our batting display should go to David (Warner) for a great knock in the middle of the innings. We’ve identified a role for him in the middle, a position which he is not that used to, but he’s risen to the challenge brilliantly and his 51 not out from 25 deliveries was a top knock.
We were also all really thrilled to play our first game in front of a new crowd at Raipur. It’s a new stadium after lots of development and it looks really good. The people here love their cricket too so it’s great that they now have a top-class venue to watch the IPL and international cricket.
Tonight’s game against Kolkata is going to be tough. They won our earlier encounter at Eden Gardens where we did not bat well against Sunil Narine. It will be a different challenge today and I hope we show that we have learned from that experience. I certainly think we are moving in the right direction now.
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