We fielded better than Chennai, says Harbhajan

We fielded better than Chennai, says Harbhajan

"To be honest when we started (to field) we did speak about that we might be 10-15 runs short. Lot of credit to the way we fielded today. We saved about 20-odd runs. That's what we discussed when we were about to go for fielding," Harbhajan, who was named man of the match for his haul of 5/18, said.

"If we compare what we did better than Chennai I feel we fielded much better. I think fielding was the main reason we won today. We know how strong a side they are. It's always nice to beat a strong opposition," he added.

The India spin spearhead felt that the stupendous forward-diving catch by gangling West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard to cut short Michael Hussey's essay probably turned the match his side's way.

"Look at the way he (Pollard) took that brilliant catch off Hussey, probably that was the turning point in the game. There onwards, everyone chipped in, Rohit (Sharma) took that great catch (of Super Kings skipper M S Dhoni). Hussey and Dhoni; when they get going any target will look small," he pointed out.

About his own contribution to the victory, Harbhajan Singh said when sometimes a player fails to get even one wicket, taking five was great but he wished it counted in his Test statistics.

"I am happy we won and I contributed with the ball. To be honest, it's nice to get five wickets as it's difficult to get one wicket sometimes. But I wish these wickets will count in my Test cricket stats. That would be nice, another five-wicket haul in Test cricket," said the star bowler and member of India's victorious World Cup squad under Dhoni.

He also conceded he was lucky with at least one wicket, that of Anirudh Srikkanth, who smashed his full toss to the deep mid-wicket fielder.

"When you have the pressure of scoring 10 runs an over obviously batsmen will have to take chances and I am lucky I got away with the catch at mid-wicket. Anirudh did not hit it well," Harbhajan added.

Rohit Sharma, who laid the platform for Mumbai's competitive total of 164 with his superbly paced innings of 87 in 48 balls, that included five sixes and eight fours, said though he was disappointed at having missed out on a World Cup berth, he was keen to make use of every opportunity he gets now onwards.

"I have been batting well. I have not had enough opportunities. Today was my day, there was pressure and I did well. I am glad to make runs. It was a perfect day for me. Two wickets in first four overs (MI were 13 for 2) and I had time in my hand to go and get my runs," said the youngster.

"I know I missed out on the World Cup. But it's alright; things happened like that. I just need to keep my focus on. Don't lose my heart and whenever I get my opportunity just (want to) go out and do my best.

Rohit said as compared to the previous game against Pune Warriors, the ball came on nicely to the bat last night and he wanted to stay on till the end.

"In the game against Pune it was a bit on the slower side while this wicket was nice. Ball was coming on nicely to the bat because of the dew. I knew I just need to back my abilities because I knew I can hit sixes. That's what I did. Just wanted to bat through the innings and I came out nicely today," he remarked.

Harbhajan hoped that Mumbai Indians can now give captain Sachin Tendulkar a perfect 38th birthday gift on April 24 by winning against the Deccan Chargers, which would make it five wins out of six for the side.

"It's his birthday We will try and win that one too. That will be nice.