"It's become as important as any other game we have played. We have played well to win eight games out of 11 to top the table. It's a fantastic achievement. But it does not get easier from now on," the former South Africa captain said here today.
"You want to focus on getting into the top two which makes it a lot easier. To do that we have to do really well, win every game from now on. Having lost the last game we need to get back on the winning trail. It's a very important game for us," said Pollock.
He was referring to the format of the tournament in which the top two finishers clash against each other in the play-offs on May 24 with the winner getting a direct berth in the May 28 final.
The losers of that tie would get another chance to reach the summit clash as they will play against the winners of the second play-off, to be held in Mumbai on May 25th, between the third and fourth-placed outfits on May 27th.
Pollock is of the opinion that with the points position as they are currently, it''s still not clear who will make it to the play-offs.
"The winners of tonight''s game also have got a chance.
KKR or King''s XI can get to 16 points. (There are) a lot of permutations. It looks like it''s going to be all four teams that qualify will be playing on the last day (league) of the tournament, the 22nd. Hell of a lot to play for.
"It does make it a lot easier if you make it to the top two. I''m sure all teams which are competing would be eyeing those two spots," he said.
Pollock said the team''s think tank was disappointed rather than worried about the batting collapse against King''s XI Punjab in the previous match.
"Not too much worried. We have discussed that. We are too good a unit to be bowled out like that (for less than 100). We have got some fantastic players. It was disappointing.
"We don''t mind losing from time to time. But the manner in which we lost the last game to King''s XI was disappointing.
I think that has motivated the team. They are very keen to get that right and play better tomorrow," he said.
"We have a very good unit. We are not worried about the latter part of the tournament as yet. We are concentrating on each league game. We still have to qualify for the play-offs.
We will take the play-offs as they come. Last year we managed to get into the final against Chennai. Hopefully, we can repeat that," he added.
Pollock conceded that the finger injury sustained by wicket-keeper Davy Jacobs had come at a time when he seemed to be finding his feet as the opening partner for captain Sachin Tendulkar. .