Our game against the Kings XI proves that there are no favourites in this format. It’s about that day and those few hours. Kings XI had nothing at stake but the loss has hurt us. None of us expected to lose after putting up 200 on the board. Sunday’s result has taken away our breathing space and from now on it will be no less than a knockout phase for us.
The bowlers have been our strength. In fact, we were putting our heads together and working hard to click as a batting unit, while the bowlers were working in tandem, restricting opponents around the 170-mark. Everybody is bound to have a bad day and that's what happened to our bowling unit against the Kings. Only Shane Bond stood out to some extent.
Mahela Jayawardene's innings was one of a kind. In fact, his effort eclipsed Chris Gayle's explosion with the bat early in the match. There has been talk about the West Indies' skipper not living up to expectations, but I could sense that a big one was round the corner for him.
We had a good start to our innings and in the middle phase, Gayle shot up the scoring rate to a certain level. Even then, we missed out on a few more runs at the end.
We have dropped crucial catches in this tournament, ones, which could have shaped a few results in a different manner. The missed chance of Mahela did turn out to be the turning point of the match.
Our match against the Delhi Daredevils becomes even more crucial. We have to put it across them to stay afloat. This is that phase of the tournament where few more unexpected results are bound to happen before a clear picture emerges about the semifinals.
We can take heart from the fact that the last time we played Delhi at Eden we came out victorious. They were a strong unit but our steely resolve got us to our desired goal. This time, we need to be fearless and the entire unit should stand up to give it a one big go.