Two wins in two matches. Ample reason to feel confident, but we are trying to guard against complacency. This format does not allow you to relax because a small slip-up might take the momentum away. One doesn't like to look back but one has to take a leaf out of the past.
We play the Chennai Super Kings next at home. MS Dhoni and his men started off with a loss and will be trying hard to get back with a positive result.
T20 has brought in a lot of innovation and Matthew Hayden's mongoose bat is the latest to arrive on the scene. Haydos is a huge draw due to his power hitting. Add to it the mongoose bat, and it definitely makes for an attractive package. Chennai have more of such colourful characters and Muttiah Muralitharan is a shining example.
Our first match at home was near perfect. It was a good toss to win and we put the Royal Challengers in. Anil Kumble and his boys were playing their first match and we wanted to catch them off-guard.
There was bound to be some rustiness and we wanted to take our chances with that. The bowlers did a fantastic job and bowled in the areas we had expected them to.
Wasim Akram's knowledge and guidance have been a huge help. I strongly believe Ishant Sharma and Co will stand to gain working under this legend. Angelo Mathews was again the pick of the bowlers. His effort in the middle overs added an edge to our attack. It will be tough on these guys to come out and play every second day. Our support team --- Andrew Leipus and Adrian le Roux --- will have a crucial role to play in keeping the boys fresh.
Chasing a comparatively small total at times becomes very dicey. But Brad Hodge and Manoj Tiwary didn't allow any slip-ups. Brad was his mature self and Manoj, in contrast, the exuberant one. If he continues the way he delivered on Sunday, this IPL will give a fresh impetus to his career.
Till now, it has been good teamwork. In Mumbai, it was Angelo Mathews and Owais Shah, who got together to
pull us out of the rut. In the second match, it was Brad and Manoj. This is what is required if you want to achieve bigger goals.