Mumbai Indians' morale high, eager to perform

Last Updated: Wed, May 09, 2012 10:19 hrs

This just doesn't seem to get over for us. It was another thrilling encounter where we snatched the win from the jaws of the defeat. It was the last over of the game and we needed 16 runs to win.

Obviously, odds were stacked up against us. Things got worse when we could only manage two run in the first three balls and lost a wicket as well. But playing his first game in the season, Dwayne Smith showed great character and self belief to get us through. He has just joined the team as a replacement for injured Mitchell Johnson and has immediately left an impact on the side.

We have won quite a few matches like this and the good thing is that every match has revealed a new side of the player and one more hand has risen in critical situation. I don't deny the fact that far too many close matches are not good for your nails, but as long as we are finishing on the right side of the result we don't mind them.

At the same time, I won't deny the fact that we could have avoided this situation. Sachin Tendulkar was at his best and that is great news for the side. He played some vintage shots to give us the solid platform, to chase the total. Rohit Sharma played another cameo and he really regretted that fact that he couldn’t finish the game.

After their departure our batting crumbled a bit and we didn't bat that sensibly. At one point we were sailing past the total and needed forty runs in twenty five balls with eight wickets in hand. In a blink, we lost five wickets and landed in such a tight spot. But I am sure our middle order will learn quickly from this error and will emerge stronger next time.

Next in our line is Bangalore Royal Challengers. They are certainly one of the most destructive batting line-up in the tournament. It would be a great challenge to face them, and we will have to be at our best to beat a side like them. Without worrying too much about their names and reputation we would like to concentrate on our game.

The win against Chennai has lifted the morale of the side and everyone is eager to perform and contribute to the cause of the side. So far in the tournament we have got tremendous crowd support from our fans and believe me it really lifts up the spirit. It will always be our cushioning support and my due thanks to all involved for it. 

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