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Cannot lose intensity at this crucial point

cricket Updated: May 05, 2011 02:02 IST
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It's extremely satisfying to win three in a row, and we managed to bring out our best against the Deccan Chargers just like we did when we played them at home.

It was a good game for Yusuf Pathan, who showed that he is one of the most ferocious hitters of a cricket ball. He had not been getting that many balls to face in earlier games, but this time around, he got in by the 12th over and then just cut loose. His role in the team is to up the run-rate and he did that admirably. He was responsible for us getting to 170.

Mature Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary continued with his good form and made sure he rotated the strike. He also got the odd boundary so that the pressure did not mount on Yusuf. Manoj is now a mature cricketer and he is ensuring he refrains from playing loose shots. This is a good sign for us as well as for his career.

Our bowling was once again excellent and we managed to keep a potentially strong Deccan batting in check.

Courageous Abdulla
Iqbal Abdulla has been an absolute delight because he is courageous enough to flight the ball and has a lot of variations. His two wickets in his first over took the steam out of the Deccan chase. It was a defining moment in the game, and full marks to the youngster for bowling so well given the field restrictions.

The unsung hero in the last two games has been Rajat Bhatia who comes in and bowls at crucial times.

On Tuesday, he got us important breakthroughs and broke the back of the Deccan batting. It was a pleasing performance, but that does not mean we lose intensity especially since we play two games over the next three days.

Knee fine
Next up is Kochi and we saw they were a dangerous side when they played in Kolkata. We need to play with the same desperation we showed in the last three games. The wicket was keeping low in the game against Delhi last week, but I need to see the wicket before really commenting on it or formulating any plan.

Thursday's is a day game and it will be humid. Though we have played two back-to-back games, we will need to be in peak fitness to not only battle the opposition but also the heat. My knee is fine and I am looking forward to taking the field once again after missing a few overs on Tuesday.