It was a difficult evening for us at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in front of our home fans, but I wouldn't allow the team or myself to be disheartened.
It does hurt every time you lose, but we were undone by another fantastic display of quick, full, swing bowling from Lasith Malinga. His brilliance made a huge difference. He had already done plenty of damage for the Mumbai Indians against the Delhi Daredevils and he will do more as the IPL progresses.
What makes Malinga hard to pick as a batsman is the trajectory of the ball. He delivers it fairly low with his round-arm action, and the ball stays low all the way to the batsman. This, coupled with his pace and late swing, make him quite a handful. To bowl the way he does with the action he has is little short of fantastic.
We, at the Royal Challengers, must cast the defeat aside and look ahead. We've three matches lined up in the next six days, and it will be important to gather momentum and initiative we had gained by winning our first match in Kochi.Inspirational Dan
Ours is a fairly new team and the boys will take a while to come together as a unit and understand each other's games. In Dan Vettori, we have an excellent captain, a proven leader who has done wonders with New Zealand. He has the ability to inspire the team and get the best out of the players, and I know he is desperately keen to ensure the Royal Challengers make a strong pitch this season.
He is also a crafty bowler, as he again proved against Mumbai. He believes in setting an example and leading from the front, and it's extremely pleasing to see that he has instantly fitted into our scheme of things.
From a batsman's perspective, T20 cricket might appear to be rushed, what with only 120 deliveries available in which to score as many runs as possible. Sometimes, in a bid to maximise those deliveries, you can easily end up losing wickets in a rush and folding up inside the 20 overs. It's imperative that you bat out the innings, size up situations, and work out when to attack and when to fall back, especially, if the bowler is having a good day.
As a bowler, it's important to have a huge heart. T20, like other formats, is a batsman's game, so, you must show character and the ability to take punishment. At the same time, it's also a challenge to outwit and out-think the batsman, because it's easier to take wickets when a batsman is trying to attack.
One or two tight overs at the death can make the difference between victory and defeat. The fact is that you must keep fighting till the end, because T20 games can change with the bat of an eyelid!