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Need to work on Royals’ batting

cricket Updated: May 09, 2009 03:01 IST
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Beating Punjab on Thursday was good, but I am a little bit concerned with the fielding, more so over the way we dropped catches - giving the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Mahela Jayawardene a chance could have cost us dear. We are trying to put our finger on it and improve. The bowlers were really good, but Punjab played beautifully to chase down our score. We have to create pressure in situations like that, and the way to do it is by making sure our fielding is up to par.

On Saturday, we play Rajasthan Royals again. They had a really comfortable win over Bangalore earlier on Thursday. About a month ago we were the bottom two teams, and now we are the top two, so it shows that we are peaking at the right time. We got the better of them the last time round, so hopefully we can do that again tomorrow.

Rajasthan Royals

Strengths: Again, leadership. Warne is a very good captain and has the ability to boost their confidence and self-belief. Their bowling too has been consistent throughout the tournament. Amit Singh and allrounder Ravindra Jadeja have added power to their line-up. And then there is the return of Graeme Smith to form, so we will be watching out for him, and Naman Ojha has been giving him good company.

Weaknesses: I still do not feel that that their top order is very consistent, and I think that if we take a few quick wickets, things will go our way.

Opportunities: Our bowlers have been very steady and if we can get their top order out quickly, then we can expose their batting and put them under pressure. Our batting line-up is more rounded and has depth.

Threats: Warne, as usual, will always be a threat. Yusuf Pathan has to always be considered a danger, because he can single-handedly win the game with his powerful batting.