• Another win under our belt, and a much needed one. More so since we brought the Daredevils' winning streak to a halt. We had not being playing to our potential so far, and since a lot of our matches were in Cape Town, it was tough for the batsmen not used to the conditions. At the moment, all the teams are very close, and it is important for us to keep playing to potential.

     

    We come up against Chennai Super Kings tomorrow, in a rematch of last year's final. Having beaten them before does help, and they have not been having the best of times. Of course, it is early days, and their position on the points table will make them desperate for a win. If we can keep Chennai's key players quiet it will go a long way in winning the game. The one to watch out for would definitely be Matthew Hayden, who is a world class player. Chennai also have some good all-rounders in their side in Albie Morkel and Jacob Oram. Controlling them and Hayden will be the key.

     

    Yusuf Pathan batted superbly and

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  • Another close game for us, this time against Deccan Chargers but just short of where we would have liked to be. Hayden, Raina, Dhoni and Oram did well to take us to 165, a tough score, but perhaps 20 runs less than ideal. Though our bowling has improved considerably, we need to get more accurate, take more wickets.

     

    Tomorrow, we come up against Rajasthan Royals and this is a good time to play them as we are more or less in the same boat at this stage of the competition. They have not been as consistent as they were last year when they were deserved champions. This time round, their form has fluctuated, whereas we have been playing good, consistent cricket despite the results not going our way. It is, however, still early in the tournament, so teams still have the chance of turning things round.

     

    Shane Warne is a good leader who has the ability to instil confidence in his team. Their win over the DareDevils, who had won their opening three matches, will just boost that self-belief. 

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  • Two weeks into IPL II and things have not been very different from the inaugural edition a year ago. Okay, the venue has been changed from India to South Africa, but there is no dearth of excitement in this country. The discussions in offices and homes, clubs and on the streets is still about the IPL even if there is a general election on, giant hoardings about the various participating teams are seen in various cities and towns, clubs continue to have big screens for the patrons to enjoy the action from South Africa and fans are still glued to the television from afternoon to near midnight. The very fact that Bollywood has gone easy on new releases to me signifies the greatest impact that IPL has made on the public at large. It is still cricketainment at its best and will continue to be so for another three weeks.

     

    The cynics might say that it is all hype and not so much about cricket as it is about glitz, glamour and mega bucks. Yes, it is not classical Test cricket, it is not even

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