Yuvi says he`s surprised MI took all 20 overs to win
Mumbai: Pune Warriors captain Yuvraj Singh expressed surprise that Mumbai Indians needed all the 20 overs to chase down his side`s modest total of 118 and said the game could have been finished much earlier.
"Twenty20 is unpredictable; it can go anywhere, any time. It was a bit surprising. They could have finished the game early, but we bowled and fielded well. We didn`t bat well but still made a match out of it," said Yuvraj at the post-match press conference after his side suffered their second consecutive defeat, a seven-wicket loss to the home team at Wankhede Stadium.
Mumbai overhauled the target off the last ball of the run-chase when Rohit Sharma struck Murali Kartik for a six over the straight field.
Yuvraj did not blame the wicket for his side`s poor batting display.
"The wicket was good for batting. It was a normal wicket. We bowled well. But for defending 120 we needed to get early wickets. It did not happen. With Rohit Sharma and (Andrew) Symonds you needed a bigger total. They bowled well and deserved to win," he said.
He felt a run-out attempt in the last over which could have sent back Symonds could have provided his team a slim chance to win but it did not happen.
"Had we got the run out, it would have been interesting," he said.
Yuvraj praised Robin Uthappa for his knock of 45 in 27 balls.
"He played well and played smartly. He needed a bit of support. The more games he plays the better he will get," he said.
Yuvraj was not too concerned about his side`s back to back defeats, saying in Twenty20 it needed only one win to shift the momentum.
"We won two games and have lost two games. If we win the next two games we will again be on top. The last game (versus Delhi Daredevils) we played well. This is the only game we did not play to potential," he said.
The Pune captain said chasing looks a bit easier as compared to setting a target.
"It is difficult to set a target. While chasing you can set the tempo," he said adding "I thought the wicket was drier and it would have been good to bat as it was sunny. But we lost too many early wickets."
Yuvraj informed that South African Graeme Smith has a hamstring injury but will remain with the side.
Smith suffered the injury during an on-field collision with teammate Rahul Sharma while both attempted a high catch at the outfield at the D Y Patil Stadium on April 13.
"He has hamstring injury. He will stay with the side (as of now)," Yuvraj said.