Mumbai: After succumbing to a humiliating 10-wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard admitted that his team was completely outplayed but said they can only improve from here.

Mumbai Indians, who suffered third straight defeat on Friday, will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their concluding league game on Sunday at the Eden Gardens and Pollard said it is an important match for his team to book a berth in the play-offs.

Pollard praised the blistering knock of 89 not out by Shane Watson, who smashed six sixes and nine fours to help the Royals overhaul Mumbai's target of 134 in only 13.1 overs.

Pollard admitted that his team did not assess the wicket well.

Asked if the team missed another spinner on the spinning track, Pollard said, "You can say so. When you are batting second they could have come handy. But it could have gone either way. We did not bat well. They played well."

Pollard said that not having a regular opener to partner skipper Sachin Tendulkar was also hurting the team.

(Agencies)