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Tendulkar lauds Bravo for his all-round show

Published: Monday, September 20, 2010, 12:20 [IST]
 
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Tendulkar praises Bravo for the win

Durban: Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar lauded Dwayne Bravo for his all-round effort that helped his team secure a thrilling two-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Bravo scored a 23-ball 29 and put on a solid stand of 64 runs for the sixth wicket with Saurabh Tiwary(38*) to take Mumbai to 165 for seven.

Bravo also came up with two crucial wickets, Robin Uthappa and Ross Taylor, during Bangalore's innings which was instrumental in Mumbai's narrow victory.

"Bravo had a fantastic day with both bat and ball," Tendulkar said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

"We had a great game. I think first half of our batting was not that great but Bravo brought us back. The idea was to concede less runs in (Lasith) Malinga's (penultimate) over so that Zaheer (Khan) could build pressure in the last over.

"But this game is full of uncertainty. All credit to Virat (Kohli), he batted well till the end," he said.

Meanwhile, Bangalore skipper Anil Kumble blamed his side's sloppy fielding for the narrow loss.

"We bowled well till Bravo and (Saurabh) Tiwary took the game away from us. Last five overs we conceded too many runs.

(Rahul) Dravid and Virat got us some hopes but in the end it didn't prove sufficient. We had a close game.

"We just need to be very positive and take more catches.

I think fielding let us down. Otherwise I am really satisfied with the performance," Kumble said.

Man-of-the-match Bravo said he was satisfied to have contributed to the team's victory with both bat and ball.

"I had a good run with both bat and the ball. When bowling, I just thought of keeping the ball as straight as possible and I got two important wickets. I am happy with the win," he said.

Mumbai Indians did manage to win but they have been knocked out of the tournament on a net run rate basis as Highveld Lions have a better run-rate and a game in hand against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Whosoever wins that contest is likely to join South Australia Redbacks in the semi-final stage from Group B.

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