'Poor fielding cost us the game': Tendulkar

Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 11:48 [IST]
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'Poor fielding cost us the game'

Durban: Dissapointed after their second straight loss in the CLT20, Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar blamed his fielders for the outcome of the match and said that the team will do what they can to bounce back in the tournament.

Mumbai Indians after winning the toss, chose to bat first and set a good target of 181 for the Redbacks.

However, the Redbacks chased down the target with three balls to spare. The Redbacks were helped by some pathetic bowling and fielding performance by the Mumbai outfit which has pushed the latter to the brink of elimination.

"To get to 180 was an excellent job by the batsmen. It was the fielding that cost us the game. We needed to keep getting wickets at regular intervals and we had our opportunities but we couldn't quite do it," Tendulkar said after the match.

"Throughout it was 10-11 runs an over and we were very much in the game. We have to pick up our performance and it's important that we produce something special," he added.

Man-of-the-Match Daniel Harris, who smashed a 37-ball 56 to script a dramatic run chase along with skipper Michael Klinger (50) after being dropped twice, admitted that luck was by their side.

"We felt they bowled well early. It was about having wickets in the shed and we had some luck. Mumbai hit their lengths, we were facing Malinga for the first time but we got away with a bit of luck," he said.

"We knew we were on track and the guys at the end played extremely well under pressure and did the business for us," he added.


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