Mumbai: Facing exit from the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League after crashing to seventh defeat in a row to Mumbai Indians by 21 runs, Pune batsman Robin Uthappa slammed paceman Alfonso Thomas for leaking 27 runs, which played a huge role in their defeat on Wednesday.

"When you get nine balls (including wides) in one over, you can surely make it a big over. (Kieron) Pollard made full use of that," said Uthappa referring to the Caribbean batsmen
smashing Alfonso for a couple of sixes and as many fours to help MI finish at 160 for seven.

Mumbai were 124 for 6 after 17.5 overs but Pollard made 28 in 21 balls after coming up late in the order lifted the side past 150-run mark.

Alfonso, whose first spell was an impressive 2-0-10-1, finally had unflattering figures of 4-0-53-1 in the end.


However, Uthappa said one individual was not responsible for the defeat and that team performs as a unit.

"When you win you win as a team and lose as a team. We are not pointing fingers at anyone. As a unit we are trying hard. It's difficult when you lose 6-7 games in a row to pick
yourself up. I have been in similar situation with other teams. All you need is a win a couple of games and the confidence will be up," he said.

Uthappa praised their leg-spinner Rahul Sharma, who returned an amazing anaylsis of two for seven in four overs and said it was very inspiring stuff.

"Even today in our loss, man-of-the-match was from our side. He bowled brilliantly. Rahul's bowling inspired us. He's been bowling very well," he said.

Uthappa, who made 34 not out in his side's final tally of 139 for 7, was still hopeful that the Warriors can advance to the play-off stage despite having lost seven straight games out of nine.

"Cricket is a funny game. Anything can happen. We have still got five games. We need to win all of them. It takes one game to pick yourself up and get momentum," he said.

The Karnatka batsman, who has taken up to keeping wickets in the tournament, said he would enjoy opening the innings whenever he's given a chance by his team.

Agencies