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Mumbai Indians outplayed us : Shane Warne

Mumbai, May 7 (UNI) Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne today admitted that his team was totally outplayed by the Mumbai Indians at D Y Patil stadium in Nerul near here.

Speaking after losing the match by seven wickets, Warne said that the Mumbai Indians intensity during this match was much better than that of theirs.

The Australian spin wizard, said that his batsmen failed and a score of 103 was never said to be enough.

Warne also admitted that his young team was a bit light in the middle order and the youngsters panicked after lost of early wickets.

The recently retired leg spinner also termed this wicket as one of the worst he has so far faced in the competition, though he added that this was not an excuse for his team's poor batting. I had told the team that a score of 140 would have been a good score on this wicket, but 100 or near that would never be enough.

The winning captain Shaun Pollock said that his boys have put a great effort and it has shown in the last three matches after the disastrous start they had in the tournament.

Pollock, however, rued that they know that have got a seven day break before their next match as the intensity and momentum which was building up could break.

He said that in the next seven days, we would be having a three day break and then start training and preparing for the next match again. The only good thing of this break is that we would have Sachin coming back.

Pollock also praised the work ethics of the young pacers in his team like Dhaval Kulkarni and Rohan Raje. The variations they used on this track and the way they came back after a bad over or so speaks volumes of their desire to go out there and fight, which is a good thing for us going into the second half of the tournament, Pollock added.


Story first published: Thursday, May 8, 2008, 1:03 [IST]
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