It was an absorbing game against the Delhi Daredevils and resulted in an important win for us. The tournament is still due for some ups and downs and in the light of this, our win against Delhi will hold us in good stead.
We play the last two games away from home — the two most crucial games and positive results will have a huge bearing on our fate. We are in a situation where we will be in the running till the very end and need to push ourselves hard at this juncture.
The last time we played in Bengaluru against the Royal Challengers was in 2008. We would like to repeat the feat this year too. I am sure Brendon's (McCullum) destructive innings in that match will have a bearing on the Challengers.
The Challengers will be taking guard after a defeat in their last match whereas we have a win under our belt. We need to be consistent and one more good show straight away will send out a strong message to our opponents.
Our start with the bat at the top is providing the right momentum, as both Chris Gayle and I look to continue in the same fashion. This will also be the opportune moment for Brendon to join the party. If the lower order provides us that extra push, we should put it across any team.
Our bowling came good in the last match against Delhi and young Ashok Dinda was the pick of the bowlers. It was very difficult to leave out Shane Bond but that was the need of the hour. In the absence of three senior guys like Bond, Ishant Sharma and Murali Kartik, the young brigade of Dinda, Iqbal Abdullah and Ajanta Mendis held their nerve and pulled it off in the right fashion.
The wicket at the Chinnaswamy Stadium is known to play true and is generally a good track to bat on. I watched the match between the Royal Challengers and Chargers and it has something for the bowlers and batters. The square shouldn't be much different in our game.
News about my injury is doing the rounds but I am in the process of getting ready. Who would want to miss out on a game at this make-or-break juncture!