Port Elizabeth: Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar praised Jean-Paul Duminy and Ajinkya Rahane for the challenging total on Sunday and attributed the victory to team effort.

“Yeah, we needed this victory and all thanks to JP and Ajinkya. I thought they really batted well till the end.

Sanath (Jayasuriya) too did a good job. Our bowlers also bowled well. It was a good all-round performance by the team,” said Tendulkar.

Man-of-the-match Duminy said he felt nice to contribute to the team’s success.

“It’s always nice to get runs and the team winning. I thought it was a decent wicket, may be little bit on the slower side but I always thought 157 was going to be a challenging total,” he said.

No early wickets

Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Anil Kumble said his side will have to seriously work on keeping wickets intact in the early overs if it wants to win the remaining IPL matches.

“We lost too many wickets at the start (of run chase) and probably that was the main reason (for the loss). That’s what we need to look at seriously,” Kumble said after the match.

“I think Rahul Dravid’s run out was crucial. It was a crucial wicket for us.

“If he was there till the end it was still a good wicket to bat and we could have chase down,” he said. — PTI

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