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Malinga geared to guide MI to glory
Thursday 22 September 2011

Mumbai Indians pacer Lasith Malinga reveals that his side won’t be under any pressure before they take on CLT20’s defending champions, the Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.

"We always try to perform to our strength during a match and the result come at the end of the day. All the players in the Mumbai Indians team will be performing to their strength and that is it.

"We do not have any pressure. I think we know our abilities and trust our abilities. We have lot of young players but some have not played much of T20 matches. But, we have good senior players in our team. They have always supported young players," Malinga said.

"Big names does not matter to me as I bowl to my abilities. I have to trust in my ability and I will do that," the Sri Lankan added.

Malinga also stressed on the importance of taking wickets in a Twenty20 match.

"I think if we are playing three or five bowlers, it is the job of the bowlers to take wickets. Otherwise no point in playing for that side," he viewed.

"While playing for Mumbai Indians I have always tried to take wickets. It does not matter whether it is in early overs or fag end of the match.

"I get only four overs and I try to take wicket with every delivery. Sometimes, I take wickets early and sometimes in the later part of the match. Most important thing is how you can use your abilities," Malinga added.

He said he always tries to sharpen his toe crushing yorker during the practice sessions.

"In my practice sessions I try the technique of yorking the batsmen. If you want to do something in a match, it is important to try and master that at the nets," Malinga said.

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