IPL: Sangakkara fancy chances against Mumbai but remains cautious
Mumbai: With Mumbai Indians struggling to find form and rhythm, bottom-placed Deccan Chargers are fancying chances of scoring their second win of the league but skipper Kumar Sangakkar refused to take the hosts lightly.
Mumbai Indians have lost half of the eight matches they have played. Chargers have not fared well either, losing five matches out of eight contest so far.
Sangakkara said may be its time to take advantage of Mumbai`s poor form but remained cautious.
"Probably, but we know how good a side Mumbai is. We beat Pune and hope to keep the momentum going. In T20, it is just about playing the best cricket on the day," said the former Sri Lanka skipper ahead of their match at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
Sangakkara also hoped his team would be more disciplined when confronted with a close game again in tomorrow`s match after losing the first leg at Vishakapatnam in the last over.
"We came close to beating Mumbai in our first game which we probably should have won. They needed 18 in the last over and Rohit (Sharma) was brilliant in that over. If we get them into such positions, we have to be tighter and bit more disciplined to win the game," said the 34-year-old Sri Lankan, who has played 108 Tests and 325 ODIs for the Emerald Islanders.
Sangakkara said his team, which is languishing at the bottom of the nine-team IPL table with only three points ahead of their eighth encounter, should have won three more games at least but rued the lost chances.
"I think we played very good cricket so far, but lost out on crucial moments of the game. It may be a little error on the field or falling 10 runs short. We had four winning opportunities, three of which we should have closed out ? Mumbai (Indians), Rajasthan (Royals) and Delhi (Daredevils). But like I said, those mistakes cost us games."
We train very hard, we play very well, but sometimes the intensity and the pressure forces us to make mistakes. We are trying to be calm on the field and ensure we keep getting into the winning positions. We need to concentrate a lot harder on those crucial moments," Sangakkara said.
Sangakkara said South African speedster Dale Steyn, who sat out the match against Pune, was available for selection, but whether he would take the field against MI would depend on the type of pitch prepared for the game.
"Dale Styen is always up for selection. He is the best bowler in the world without any doubts. It depends on how the wicket looks like and hopefully we will make the right decision," said Sangakkara.
Steyn, who has grabbed 272 wickets in 54 Tests, has been the top performer for the Chargers over the last two seasons and has nine wickets from five games this season.
He termed Juan `Rusty` Theron as among the best bowlers in the closing stages of an innings and commended his outstanding performance against the Warriors.
"Rusty (Theron) probably, is the best death bowler in the world. He is a specialist in that area. Pune`s wicket was dead slow and if the ball was going to get cut, we needed someone to bowl those death overs really well, and he did an outstanding job for us."
Sangakkara indicated it was pointless to look too far ahead and calculate how many games the team needed to win from its position now to make it as one of the top four teams into the play-offs.
"We want to win every game we play. We have to wait and see how far we go. We want to keep things simple and not look too far ahead," he explained.