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.
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