• We have had a bit of a break after the match against Mumbai Indians, and have spoken about the areas in which we need to improve. We know it is crucial for us to win on Saturday against Kings XI Punjab to give us a chance to get closer to a semi-final berth.


    It has been disappointing to lose three in a row, but we are not out yet and have not pressed the panic button, as it just takes one win to get back momentum.


    Punjab has not been having the best of tournaments either, and is low on confidence so this is perhaps a good time to play them. It won't be easy on their home ground but we definitely will have to shut that out and go all out for a win.


    The hosts, too, would be desperate for a win, and have big hitters like Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan, and some great overseas players. It will be a matter of bowling straight and using variations of pace to try and restrict them.


    In Twenty20, just one individual can take the game away, so we need to ensure that none of their key

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  • Daniel Vettori becomes only the second New Zealander to play in 100 Tests at Hamilton on Saturday and the honour could not go to a nicer man. The man whom he succeeded as captain Stephen Fleming was the first New Zealand cricketer to achieve the landmark.


    In a game where behaviour is at an all time low, the 31-year-old Vettori comes across as a whiff of fresh air. He plays the game hard, let there be no doubt about that. But he plays it within the spirit and the laws of the game. He is living proof that nice guys can still be highly successful.


    If the finest example of bowler turned batsman would still be Wilfred Rhodes then Vettori would be a close contender for second spot. The legendary England all rounder started his career as a left arm spinner going in at No 11, worked hard on his batting and ere long was opening the innings in an Ashes Test with Jack Hobbs, on one famous occasion putting on 323 runs with his famous partner. Vettori is very much in the same mould. He started

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  • While Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians have been blazing a trail with their performances, another team has also been going about its business in a quiet, unobtrusive manner.


    The Deccan Chargers really seem to have hit upon a winning formula that gives them an incredible record if you look at their performance over their last 15 games, starting late in IPL-II and continuing into IPL-III. Adam Gilchrist's men would start as overwhelming favourites against Shane Warne's resurgent Royals.


    Full credit to Rajasthan for having turned the corner with two good wins. I thought Kings XI Punjab would have the edge after their incredible win over Chennai, but even that has not instilled any momentum or confidence in the side.


    The Royals on the other hand seem to have discovered some batting form, especially with the induction of Adam Voges. His good form has also helped Shane by making Yusuf Pathan play with a sense of freedom.


    In the first few games it was as though the

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