We may be firm outsiders at this stage of the tournament, needing to win nearly all our remaining six games to qualify for the play-offs, but we
just need to keep taking things game by game and focusing hard on executing our basic game plan well.
Cricket is a funny game and we are not ruling anything out at this stage. We are starting to play much better cricket than we did in the first half
of the tournament and we want to keep improving and growing in confidence.
The good news for us is that the tournament is very closely fought this season. While Chennai have been outstanding and will definitely qualify,
there are still seven teams battling it out for the balance three qualifying places. We have to keep believing and stay totally focused.
Our back-to-back win in Raipur was really pleasing for everyone in the franchise. Our bowling and fielding were excellent and we really controlled the game well from the start despite a late flurry at the end of the Kolkata innings when Rahul Bhatia and Brett Lee swung the bat profitably.
That was followed by some top-class batting again from the in-form David Warner (66 from 42 balls) and Unmukt Chand (37). As I’ve mentioned several times, our inconsistent batting was our key weakness earlier on, so knocking off the target with over two overs to spare was really heartening.
The challenge now is to build on our Raipur momentum against the Sunrisers in Hyderabad. They have had a fighting season thus far and will be
difficult opponents to overcome. They’ll also be desperate to grab their seventh win which will put them up into the top four. I am though confident we can put them under pressure.
We have one of the best bowling attacks in the league and we also have a strong batting unit. David has been our batting star in the last two games and the rest of the top order, especially Viru and I as the senior players, must support him.
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