The key for us is to be consistent

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We probably should not have won that match against Mumbai on Thursday night, but Munaf was just brilliant! It was he who won us the game, and once we got the important wicket of Nayar — who was playing really well — in the earlier over, Mumbai went into a panic while Munaf handled the pressure beautifully. The win has definitely given us the shot in the arm we need going into the next couple of matches, especially against Delhi Daredevils, whom we play tomorrow.


Warnie's decision to play also boosted our confidence. Despite his injury, he did not want to sit out against Mumbai - who probably did not expect him to take the field - knowing what an important match it was for us. He bowled well, and even got Sachin's wicket. His decision worked well, too, for the young Indians in the side, as that gave them confidence all-round. 


I was really surprised by Mumbai's decision to bring Sanath down the order. He is a great player upfront and had he opened, he may have made all the difference. Sachin however, was key for them and he brought them back into the match, before Warne got him. They have shared a great rivalry over the years, and it was great to watch two of the world’s best in action against each other.


We have to make sure we win the next two games, first against Delhi and then the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. Tomorrow's match is an important one and a win will put us in a good position. We may have beaten them earlier in the tournament, but Delhi have been doing well and have a bunch of good players who have been doing a good job for them. So they will be a tough side to go up against, more so if they decide to give Glenn a chance. 


We have also been boosted by the addition of Johan Botha to the unit. He has not played for a couple of weeks. He did well in his first match for us with a couple of wickets and he will only get better and better, and his presence will give us more options going forward. He has good energy and it will be nice to have him around. However, we have to get our combination right, and play to potential. The key for us is to be consistent, which I have to admit we have not been enough. We want to do that again, so we need to focus.


We do have an eye on the net run rate, especially with Deccan and Bangalore snapping at our heels on the points table. If we win the next two matches, then we won’t really have anything to worry about. But, knowing us, we just may up put ourselves under some pressure and have to take run rate into account. All we can do, really, is go out there, relax and play our natural game, particularly at the death. We need to create pressure on the opposition and to do that we need to be good with the bat, and clinical and precise with the ball. (Gameplan)