Source - zeenews.com
Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar dismissed claims that his team were over confident while chasing a seemingly moderate target of 120 runs against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.
After Mumbai fell 3 runs short to crash to their second defeat in the tourney, Tendulkar felt that loosing early wickets put his team under pressure.
“Nobody was complacent. These things happen in cricket. If it happens it doesn`t happen that the side is over-confident or complacent,” he said.
“We lost three early wickets and that put a lot of pressure on us. It wasn`t a flat deck to bat on, there was something happening. I thought our bowlers did extremely well to restrict them to 120. We knew that it was going to be close. We needed couple of decent partnerships in between which would have taken us to our target. But that didn`t happen,” rued Tendulkar.
Addressing a press-conference, Tendulkar said that the surface too was responsible for low-scoring matches.
“The ball was not coming onto the bat. It was stopping a bit. And it’s about having wickets in hand at the right time. That is something that didn`t happen. And because of that we paid a heavy price.”
Tendulkar said that chasing got difficult under lights at Durban. “The conditions get tougher in the evening, later the ball does a bit. Also the nature of the wicket is such that the ball was not coming onto the bat.”
Saying that his team was in the hunt till the 16th over, it was lack of any big over after then proved to be his team’s undoing, felt Tendulkar.