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Batting has let us down
Harbhajan Singh
May 22, 2011
First Published: 00:15 IST(22/5/2011)
Last Updated: 01:05 IST(22/5/2011)

We are getting ready to play our last league game in the IPL season this year. Suddenly, it's a do-or-die game for us. We never expected to be in this position, but that's the way it is and we need to back ourselves to get out of this situation.

Our match against the Rajasthan Royals was really bad. The Mumbai Indians were completely outplayed.

I'd give credit to the Royals bowlers who didn't give us any scoring opportunities. Wickets at regular intervals kept us under pressure. Sachin Tendulkar tried his best to get us out of it, but it wasn't his day. After him, Rohit Sharma played a good hand to get us some runs.

Despite his effort, we could only manage 133, almost 20-30 runs short of the target we'd aimed for. Overall, we haven't been batting to our potential and that's one area we need to improve.

Watson a class apart
When the Royals batted, the conditions were to the liking of Watson and he made the most of it. Dravid supported him well. No matter what format of cricket you play, class will stand apart. That's what these two showed us.

We face Kolkata now. KKR are a strong team and playing against them at the Eden Gardens won't be easy. The Eden wicket has become slow and is offering some turn, so batting would be a challenge.


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