How close is close enough? That is the question we have answered so many times in this season. And by the grace the God, most of the times we have ended on the right side of the result. Our match against Pune Warriors was another nail bitter and by the way, who says low scoring games are boring? I know for the fans and for the game of cricket it is a great spectacle.
But as a leader of the side, I would rather want to finish the matter comfortably. But at the same time these kind of matches and situations stretch you to the limits and reveal your character to the full. These are times when you have to exhibit your skills and that too under extreme pressures. And I am proud of my team for pulling out of these situations with so much grit and gumption.
It was another close encounter for us and this time we were defending the total and not chasing it. Irrespective of whatever help you are getting from the wicket, defending 120 run in this format isn’t an easy task at all. One good partnership, one cameo of 30-40 runs can change the situation completely.
Suddenly, you feel you have too little to defend and the batting side is within the striking distance of chasing the total. But here I would like to give full marks to our bowling unit, who had to dig deep to get us out of the woods.
As a batting unit we faltered in the middle overs and didn’t capitalize on the good starts, given by our openers. This is one area we need to work on and get better. Pune Warriors bowlers bowled some good line and length and we also didn’t apply as much pressure as we should have.
Our task was to cut out and the only way to stop this chase was to keep getting wickets at regular intervals, to apply some pressure. Things went according to the plan. We got some early wickets to check the run flow and as an effect to that the run rate kept increasing. In the last over Pune came very close, but we held our nerves a little better to register out sixth win in the league.
Our next game is a big one. This time we are up against Chennai Super Kings at our own home ground. Both the teams have registered a win in their last game and would like to keep this trend going. Without worrying too much about what Chennai would do, we would like to focus on our energies, on our basics and execution of our plans.
We need a little more from our middle order and I am sure it will happen sooner than later. So far in the tournament we have got tremendous crowd support from our fans, and it is exhilarating to witness the sea of blue of every time you enter the arena. I must thank each and every fan of Mumbai Indians, who have come out to support us in our thicks and thins. We are blessed to have such a support base.