Our last win against the Deccan Chargers at our home ground was a much needed boost for our side. After losing the game against the Delhi Daredevils, it was important for us to stage a comeback and get back to the winning streak. And we managed to do that albeit on a slightly tricky wicket.
On the score sheet it may have appeared like a cake walk, but run making wasn’t easy on that wicket and we had to fight hard to achieve the result. While bowling we made the most of the conditions and bowled in the right areas to get them all out, at the score of hundred. Lasith Malinga was the star bowler for us. Coming back from injury, he bowled an inspiring spell to put the brakes on the Chargers innings.
For all these years Malinga has been the backbone of our attack. His unpredictable angle and trajectory makes him a very challenging bowler to play, especially when you are looking for runs all the time. He has the most famous yorker in the cricketing arena after the great Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
We were aware that on a wicket like this, facing Dale Steyn and company would be a daunting task. And if we had to chase anything between 120 plus it would have been tough. Credit to their bowlers, who dug deep to force us to be in the game all through. Steyn was superb again. He is surely the best bowler of this generation.
With a nice and clean action if you are bowling late out-swingers with the speed of around 150 kmph, chances are that most of the times it will be difficult, and in helpful conditions unplayable as well. He commands respect in all formats of the game.
He was supported well by their other bowlers. But, Rohit Sharma again played a responsible knock to give us the much needed support to sail past this total. I firmly believe we could have batted a little better to get past the total, but all’s well that ends well.
Now we have entered the business end of the tournament. From here every game is important and will decide our fate in the league. This is the time to raise our intensity and sustain the momentum. With the last win we have come back to the top four teams of the pool table, but nothing can be taken for granted.
Our next game against Pune Warriors won’t be easy. They have lost a few games and would like to stage a comeback in front of their home crowd. But without worrying too much about them, we would like to concentrate on our efforts and basics. The Pune wicket looks apt for batting and our batsmen will try to make the most of these conditions.