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Wow what a match – it went really down to the wire today. I think I maybe underestimated Singapore’s batting capacity but we proved our abilities out there in front of another great supporting crowd.
When we were around 80 for 5 I really felt that Sarad [Vesawkar] and Basant [Regmi] consolidated very well, I think when our batsmen got set they started to play some big silly shots that cost them and we need to concentrate more to the end and we all need to bat our way through the innings with confidence and not get out cheaply.
I think Singapore bowled very well in their first 20 overs and we just stuck it out as we saw that the ball was seaming about a bit. I’m not sure if they perhaps misread the pitch at Engineering and it’s a place we know a bit better.
For us right now we’re concentrating on our games and we’ve got a fair few games to go and we can’t take anything lightly and we have to keep playing our way through to the final. I think we played really hard today and it paid dividends.
Tomorrow’s a rest day – I think we might go for a morning pool session, provided the water is warm but I might check the weather in the morning to see if it’s going to be cold! If we don’t go for a swim I think we’ll just relax together as a team at the hotel and prepare ourselves for our next match which is against Bahrain.
Although Bahrain lost today in what I think tight game, we can’t take any opposition lightly as cricket is a game that can be anyone’s on its day. We’ll make sure we continue to play well and in the right spirit.
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Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.