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We are moving closer to the final stretch of the tournament

Another victory and a comfortable one at that, this time over the Bangalore Royal Challengers. We were very happy to get the better of them, more so because we lost to them earlier in the tournament. We are feeling very confident and hopefully it will stay that way, especially tomorrow when we come up against Chennai Super Kings, to whom we lost in the first round.

 

Beating Bangalore the way we did was a great boost for us. Amit Singh was excellent and it was he and Ravindra Jadeja who really set up the excellent win over the resurgent Bangalore side by not giving any of their batsmen a chance to settle down. Then Naman Ojha and Yusuf Pathan carried on the good work to take us to, what in the end, was an easy win.

 

Tomorrow we play Chennai Super Kings at Kimberley, a ground at which neither of us have played yet this IPL. Like us, they started off a bit bumpily, but have been steady over the past few games. Yesterday they had a bit of a scrappy win over Kings XI Punjab, but their bowling attack has improved.

 

Since we last met, they have introduced Jakati into the attack, and he has been taking wickets consistently over the past few games. The others, like Tyagi, Albie and Raina, have been doing very well too. Raina is one we will be watching particularly, as he played splendidly against us the last time round, and he has also had some good outings after that. We will also have to watch out for the in-form Hayden, who played a blistering knock yesterday, and Dhoni, who was brilliant too.

 

For us, it's good to see the youngsters like Amit, Naman Ojha and Ravindra Jadeja coming out and playing as confidently as they have. I have said it before, and will again, that this is because of Warnie's ability to instil belief in them. Naman has been very good at the top, and has helped me dig in and use my experience to play some really positive cricket. I am feeling pretty confident about my batting now, and hopefully this will help me get Rajasthan into the final four. Having the top order click will take some pressure off Yusuf Pathan, who can come out and play his natural powerful game.

 

We are moving closer to the final stretch of the tournament now, and every game will count. We are feeling very positive about the way we are playing and, hopefully, we can boost that with a win over Chennai tomorrow, and take this confidence into the rest of the games. (Gameplan)

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