Johannesburg, Oct 15: Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh admitted that the team failed miserably and said that they had to play better cricket after their eight-wicket loss to Highveld Lions on Sunday.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians failed miserably in their first match as they were short by 20 odd runs, according to skipper Harbhajan Singh.
Mumbai's bowling was also under scanner, as Lasith Malinga was the only bowler who was quite effective with the ballp, while others leaked too many runs.
"We need to play better cricket. There was a bit of dew, but we can't complain about that. I think we were 20 runs short," said Harbhajan.
"I think we didn't look to attack their spinners, and their strike bowler Dirk Nannes, as he got away with 15 runs for four overs."
Harbhajan also felt the Aussie batsman Johnson, played 29 balls to scoore 30 runs, which also played a role in Mumbai not posting a challenging total.
"Mitchell Johnson was the only left-hand batsman we had," he said about the Aussie who gobbled up a lot of balls enroute to his knock of 30.
Mumbai Indians skipper was all praise for McKenzie, as he appreciated Highveld Lions for their effort.
"McKenzie played superbly, along with another youngster. Overall Lions played much better than us, they know the conditions better than us... credit to them."