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Zaheer's return to form a good omen

The Royal Challengers made heavy weather of what ought to have been a routine run chase. But, overall, it was a good result, especially, considering we were playing away from home. Anil Kumble writes.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2011 01:07 IST

The Royal Challengers made heavy weather of what ought to have been a routine run chase. But, overall, it was a good result, especially, considering we were playing away from home.

Looking at the pitch, we knew it was not similar to the 230-plus track and were a bit surprised that Delhi went in with five fast bowlers. That gave us an edge, but more than that, I was delighted with the way we bowled.

Yes, Abhimanyu Mithun did struggle in patches, but otherwise, every bowler was on top of his game.

I was thrilled with the way Zaheer Khan performed. It was nice to see him return to his normal self. He picked up an early wicket and that can be very handy against Daredevils, who are heavily dependent on their openers.

Virat played an exceptional innings, though he'll know that having got his eye it is imperative to get the job done.

One win has taken us from seventh to second, but one or two results can change the complexion of the points table. So, we're not looking at it, but focussing on going out and winning.

Hawkeye