Mumbai: Poor fielding including and some catch drops cost Mumbai Indians the match against Kochi Tuskers Kerala, said Mumbai Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar.

 "They fielded better. In bowling and batting we matched each other, but in fielding department they were better as they held on to whatever catches they got. We missed those opportunities. All we need to do is to make sure we don't repeat those mistakes," Sachinn said.

Mumbai's imposing 182 for 2 with eight wickets and six balls to spare.

"When we started earlier we thought anywhere between 160-165 was a good total as the ball seamed around a bit initially and later on it was a good track to bat on. But I thought if we had hit the right areas in bowling though at times we did manage it  and those important catches…. McCullum was dropped 1st ball itself (by Rohit Sharma off Lasith Malinga)," added the champion batsman, who hit his maiden IPL century, a 66-ball 100 on Saturday.

Tendulkar said the game was still alive when Malinga got rid off McCullum but a few fielding lapses saw the match slip through in the end.

"I thought we played competitive cricket in today's match but when it mattered we faltered in fielding. I would blame this only on fielding and nothing else," he added.

He also defended the move to bring on left arm spinner Ali Murtaza for the 19th over when Brad Hodge and Ravindra Jadeja were at the crease and the move proved costly as the bowler was slammed for two sixes and a four by Jadeja to power his side to a sensational maiden win.

"If you had seen the previous over, Brad Hodge had hit the fast bowler (Pollard) for boundaries. The idea was not to give him pace. Ali had really bowled well earlier. If we had more than ten runs to be scored in the last over, Munaf (Patel’s) experience would have helped. That was the only reason Ali was brought in," he explained.

(Agencies)