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We were 20 to 25 runs short: Pollard

MI all-rounder also lauds young Sanju Samson for his brilliant knock

Coming to the crease at 43 for four, Kieron Pollard smashed 42 off 36 balls before departing in the last over. But his late onslaught was not enough to help the Mumbai Indians post a formidable target for the Rajasthan Royals, who chased down 143 with two balls to spare and registered a seven-wicket win, thanks to a glorious knock by Sanju Samson.

After losing the their opening match of the Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 to the Royals, Pollard lauded the RR youngster while speaking to clt20.com and hoped his team would put up a better performance and come back stronger in the next match.

Excerpts from his brief interview:

Do you think it was a hard toss to lose after a drizzle?

Not really. At the end of the day it is cricket and the toss is always 50-50. We were inserted to bat and therefore we had to put runs on the board. And 142, I don’t think (was enough); we were about 20-25 runs short on that wicket.

What do you make of young Sanju Samson’s innings?

In the IPL he had shown that he had a couple of good scores. He has come back again in Champions League Twenty20 and started again. Hopefully, he can continue. It is good to see a young Indian player who is coming through the ranks. And at the end of the day it is good for Rajasthan Royals he played well and they came out on top.

MI took the game into the last over. Did you still feel you could make it?

When Rohit (Sharma) and myself were batting we were thinking 150-160 would have been a good target for them. Runs on the board are always precious. We thought we had opportunity to win the game and at the end of the day it proved that we were short by a few runs.

The team has to regroup quickly; you have been together for about over a week, and it is a short tournament. What is the road ahead?

We have to look forward. We travel tomorrow and then we play the next day. Cricket is all in the mind; at the end of it we got the opportunity to come out. Yes, it is a short tournament and yes, we are on the back foot but that is how it is. Someone has to win and someone has to lose. It would have been nice to be on the winning side but that is how it goes. Hopefully, we can give a better showing and put more runs on the board and come out and defend it.

Your thoughts on Otago Volts, who you will be playing next

They have played well. They came through the qualifying round. They have been batting well. They have a couple of experienced guys. Brendon McCullum, he has been around in the international circuit and in the IPL for a long while. We have to take it as it comes. You have to play cricket on the day. You can’t play cricket in your mind or off the field or anything like that. Cricket is bat versus ball when you go on the field.

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