Kieron Pollard dedicates Mumbai Indian’s victory to Sachin Tendulkar – Cricket News Update

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Kieron Pollard dedicates Mumbai Indian’s victory to Sachin Tendulkar – Cricket News Update

The allrounder, Kieron Pollard dedicates Mumbai Indian’s win in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament to the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

“Sachin [Tendulkar] has been part of the Mumbai Indians since its inception and the team hasn't managed to win any trophy since then,” said Pollard

“And now although we've won this one without him being on the field his sheer presence has motivated us all. His advice in the team meetings, listening to his experiences, all that was very vital. We dedicate this victory to Sachin,” he added.

Mumbai Indians (MI) under the captaincy of Harbhajan Singh, won the final game of the CLTwenty20 tournament, by thrashing Royal Challengers Bangalore by 31 runs. The Indian batting icon Tendulkar was forced out of the tournament, due to toe injury. He would also miss the India’s upcoming home series against England, scheduled to be started on October 14, 2011.

Mumbai, while batting first, just scored 139 runs on the completion of 20 overs. They took a miserable batting start with their openers – Aiden Blizzard Sarul Kanwar. The first wicket fell when Blizzard was run out for scoring just three runs by Arun Karthik. Pollard scored just two runs, before he was caught by Virat Kohli, off Daniel Vettori’s delivery.

The skipper Harbhajan went to the pavilion for duck as he was trapped lbw off the bowling off Daniel Vettori.  Second wicket also fell in short succession when Mumbai were just on 24 off 3.6 overs.

None of their batsmen could scored even a  half century, while James Franklin was the top-scorer for his side for scoring 41 runs off 44 balls, including two fours and two sixes.

However, MI displayed a remarkable bowling, as they restricted Bangalore to just 108 runs. Harbhajan was the top wicket-taker for his side for claiming three wickets off four overs, for 20 runs. Lasith Malinga, Abu Nechim Ahmed and Yuzvendra Chahal picked two wickets apiece. However, Pollard claimed single wicket off four overs for 21 runs.

Harbhan was awarded man of the match, while Malinga received man of the series award, for his remarkable bowling throughout the tournament.