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Tendulkar praises team after thrilling victory

Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar has praised his team for their 2 run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore even though the win wasn’t enough to keep them in the tournament.

With the Royals Challengers and Highveld Lions, who face each over on Tuesday night both having superior run rates the Indians are unable to claim a place in the Twenty20 Champions league semi finals.

Tendulkar was full of praise for Dwayne Bravo; who smashed 29 runs from just 23 deliveries as the Indians fought back from 84-5 to set the Royals Challengers a victory target of 166.

"Bravo brought us back both with the bat and the ball. Bravo had a fantastic day with both bat and ball," said Tendulkar after the game.

"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 Malinga's over so that Zaheer could build pressure in the last over," he added.

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

Royal Challengers skipper Anil Kumble blamed his side poor field as the main reason for his side defeat which leaves them needing to be the Lion on Tuesday night to claim a place in the semi finals.

"We bowled well till Bravo and Tiwary took the game away from us. Last five overs we conceded too many runs. Dravid and Virat got us some hopes but in the end it didn't prove sufficient. We had a close game," said Kumble.

"We just need to be very positive and take more catches. I think fielding let us down today. Otherwise I am really satisfied with the performance," he added.

source - cricket20.com
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