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Mahela: Malinga made the difference
Mohali's stand-in captain Mahela Jayawardene says Tendulkar has harnessed Lasith Malinga's bowling to the hilt.
By R Prasad
"Lasith came in and picked up important wickets. Sachin used him well in the middle overs to get those wickets," said Jayawardene who was substituting for absent regular captain and compatriot Kumar Sangakkara.

Sangakkara had to sit out after being slapped a one-match ban by match referee Gundappa Viswanath for his bowlers' slow over-rate in the previous matches.

Malinga duly picked up the man of the match award too and has now taken ten wickets in seven games for Mumbai who have won six of those and are sprinting their way towards the semis.
Jayawardene said the team was wary of the Malinga threat and tried to nullify it by giving tips to the batsmen on how to read his deliveries that come at an odd angle.
"Some of the guys had not played him before. They were told how to play him, but it did not click," he rued.
Jayawardene also conceded that his team gave away crucial boundaries towards the end of the match, especially in the last two overs, that made the difference between victory and defeat.
"We bowled really well, but we lost our way in the last two overs and conceded crucial boundaries," he said.
Though the Mohali team has virtually no chance of making it to the last four, having won only one game out of seven so far, the Sri Lanka stalwart felt everything was not yet lost.
"We have not given up hope. We have to believe in ourselves. There's no point thinking we can't qualify and turn up to play," he pointed out.
On the struggling Yuvraj Singh, Jayawardene felt the dashing left-handed batsman needs to spend more time in the middle, but once he gets into the groove he would be unstoppable.
"Yuvraj needs to spend more time in the middle. He's going through a tough time after coming back from injury. But once he gets his rhythm he can win matches for us. He's one of our best players," he declared.
Yuvraj had scored a total of 90 runs in six innings prior to the clash against Mumbai with 43 against Chennai as his best effort. On Wednesday his stay lasted for 3 balls in which he made 2.

Mumbai team director T A Sekar, felt the hard work put in by his team's support staff that included chief coach Robin Singh and fielding coach Jonty Rhodes has been very fruitful.

"We have prepared for long. We started our preparations on the February 22. We gave lot of inputs and played a lot of practice matches. Sachin joined the on 3rd *March. He spoke to each player individually. Zaheer (Khan) spoke to the bowlers. A lot of hard work has gone into the preparations by coach Robin Singh.
"Jonty has worked very hard. Our fielding standards have gone up. We have a good fieldng side We have several good, young fielders ... (Rajagopal) Satish, Shikhar Dhawan, (Dwayne) Bravo, (Kieron) Pollard and (Saurabh) Tiwary," Sekar said.

Speaking about Malinga's efforts, he said,""Malinga's was one of the best spells so far in the tournament. He's one of our main bowlers. We are using him judiciously and whenever we need wickets."
Lasith Malinga is on a roll in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai. The bowler with a unique sling-arm action has been too good with his yorkers in the T20 League.
 
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