• The team was rightly pleased with what was a thoroughly professional performance by the Mumbai Indians the other night against Kolkata Knight Riders. The seven-wicket win was the result of good planning and superb execution by the bowlers.

     

    All teams have game plans but what was really special was the way the bowlers stuck so well to our strategy. Chris Gayle made a fifty and was their highest scorer but he was becalmed right throughout his innings and was never able to cut loose.

     

    Credit for that should be shared among all the bowlers but I thought Lasith (Malinga) bowled really well to Chris, as he has done in the past for Sri Lanka. The strategy of keeping the ball full at the Brabourne Stadium also worked really well.

     

    Sachin (Tendulkar) led the run chase with customary authority. Our plan is simple, we want him to bat right through and the rest of us are supposed to bat around him. The fact that he is scoring at such a great rate meant we won comfortably.

     

    In Thursday night's

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  • Thanks to the telecast of the Indian Premier League games in Bangladesh, I have caught most of the games played by Delhi Daredevils. It was great to see them getting off to a good start, with two straight wins, but the three successive losses thereafter have been a bit of a dampener.

     

    The IPL is yet to see a team with an all-win record, so the most important factor for a team is to overcome these inevitable slumps.

     

    It's clear that we are a high-quality team and even though we have been hit by the absence of Gautam Gambhir, we have a very strong bench.

     

    I hate to be critical of my mates, especially since I am not there as yet, but perhaps we just haven't been able to close out games well enough.

     

    Players like Tillakaratne Dilshan, AB De Villiers, Dinesh Karthik, David Warner and of course the fearsome Virender Sehwag make for the most formidable batting line-up in the IPL, so once one of these guys steps up to the plate and gets the team across, momentum will be restored.

     

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  • It was great to finally get on the points board on Sunday night in Chennai. Hopefully, we can now build on some much needed momentum against Rajasthan Royals. We've had a slow start to the tournament, but we know we have the quality to get to the semi-finals.

     

    It was a great game in Chennai and it is those kinds of tight matches that really make tournaments like this. It could have gone either way, but the fact that we clinched it is really pleasing. Good teams win close matches.

     

    As it turned out, I thought my losing the toss was a blessing in disguise. The pitch behaved differently to what we'd anticipated. We thought it was going to be very good for the batsmen but in the end it had some bite for the spinners and was holding up a little bit, making stroke play difficult.

     

    Although the conditions were not ideal for batting, it was still disappointing to lose wickets in clusters. You need partnerships and losing quick wickets seriously disrupts momentum. However, Irfan and Yuvi, at

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