• The match against Punjab ended up being a thriller, going right down to the wire with us walking away winners with three balls to spare. All credit has to go to Shikar Dhiwan, who gave us something to build on with a composed half-century, Saurabh Tiwary and R. Sathish who took us to victory and a step closer to a semi-final berth. It is also to their credit that the Indian youngsters kept their nerve, not just in the death, but right through the match, despite the early fall of skipper Sachin Tendulkar.

     

    We meet the Deccan Chargers next, for the second time in a week, and it will be good to take the experience of a match like this into the game on Saturday. The Chargers may have lost three matches in a row, but they can never be taken for granted: no side which boasts of a line-up that includes Adam Gilchrist, Herschelle Gibbs and Andrew Symonds can be, because any one of them can win a match on their day.

     

    The other players we will have to watch out for are among the Indian

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  • We are at the halfway mark of the league stage of the IPL and if anything the tournament has underlined, the fact that to predict the result of Twenty20 matches is an exercise fraught with danger.

     

    The lead has changed hands several times and even now it cannot be said with any certainty, for example, that the top two teams will make the semifinals or that the bottom two will not.

     

    Leaping and sliding is very much part of the Twenty20 format and whatever the experts might say during lengthy analyses, its flip flop nature means that the eight contestants become almost automatically evenly matched.

     

    Kolkata Knight Riders caused all the early excitement with two victories but they have since faltered losing four matches out of six and are slotted in the bottom half of the points table. Mumbai Indians enjoying a run of four wins in a row and six in seven matches have taken over the lead but one cannot say how long they will remain at the top.

     

    For a brief while Royal Challengers

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  • Having reached the half-way point of the tournament, I have to admit that it is not looking good with six losses and a solitary win to our credit. Every other team has won at least three matches so there is no question that we have our work cut out for us.

     

    However, as disappointing as it is, we have certainly not given up hope and we are still looking to be as positive as we can in difficult circumstances. Twenty20 cricket is a funny game and while a couple more losses on the trot will definitely seal our fate even mathematically, we are also aware that with a bit of good fortune, we could string together a few victories as well, which will breathe some life into our campaign and give us some hope of staying alive. 

     

    As professionals, we understand the situation that we are in - it happens in sport, and no one is more disappointed than the players. However, it is only through remaining positive, no matter how cynical or over-optimistic it may appear to our fans, that you give

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