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'Pollard made the difference': Tendulkar

Published: Friday, September 17, 2010, 10:45 [IST]
 
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'Pollard made the difference'

Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar lauded his teammate Keiron Pollard for his stand-out innings which guided his side to their first victory in the Champions League T20, 2010.

Pollard was lethal coming in at No 3, he started his innings cautiously and later dominated the show with his power hitting, fetching 9 sixes and a boundary. He ended up with 72* off just 30 balls which set up a match winning total for the Mumbai Indians who eventually won by 31 runs against Guyana.

In the post-match presentation ceremony, Tendulkar was quick to admit that brilliant Pollard was the difference between victory and defeat.

"Our batting was terrific, especially Pollard was terrific. It was a tremendous effort by him and towards the end JP (Duminy) came up with some smart batting," he said.

"He (Pollard) has terrific bat swing and tremendous power, so he can clear any ground in the world. He played smartly. It's just not about going bang bang from ball one. He paced his innings beautifully," Tendulkar added.

The Mumbai captain, however, said that there was room for improvement in his bowling and fielding department though they did make an improvement in those areas as well.

"I am sort of ok with the performance. I wouldn't say that I am satisfied because we could have finished better. The bowling can get better. In batting we have been able to get close to 180 in all the matches. It is probably our bowling in which we need to work upon," Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar said his side would come out with the same intensity in their do-or-die match against IPL rivals Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.

"Our focus is to play good cricket and that is what we would be looking against Royal Challengers Bangalore. They are a very very good side and it is going to be a great contest," he said.

His Guyana counterpart Ramnaresh Sarwan too was of the view that until Pollard arrived at the crease, his side was very much in the match.

"He (Pollard) played brilliantly. He took the game away from us. Sachin (Tendulkar) and Shikhar (Dhawan) were going pretty well but we pulled it back," Sarwan said.

"While chasing we wanted to get off to a good start, wanted to keep wickets in hand for the last five overs but it was too late. 180 is always a difficult chase, 160 would have been a chaseable target," he added.

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