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Pollock surprised by Knight Riders' capitulation

May 17, 2008 10:39 IST

Shaun Pollock's [Images] early three-wicket burst started the rot, but the Mumbai Indians pacer said he did not expect Kolkata Knight Riders to fold for a miserable 67 in 15.2 overs, the lowest total in the Indian Premier League, in Mumbai on Friday night.

"We didn't think we would get them out for such a low score, but after the last game they (curators) had added some water to the wicket and we knew that if we bowled well we had a chance," said the ace South African all-rounder after his team's emphatic eight-wicket victory.

Pollock conceded just 12 runs in four overs for his three scalps which also earned him the Man of the Match award.

Pollock said, right now, the team is not looking at a place in the semis and will be taking one game at a time from here.

"We have lots of confidence and momentum now and there's a good vibe in the team. Sanath (Jayasuriya) has struck form and Sachin Tendulkar [Images] is back (after his injury lay-off), but we are not looking too far ahead.

"Today was a big game for us since Kolkata was ahead of us in the points tally and it was important for us to play well. We had played well against them in Kolkata (Eden Gardens). I can't see why we can't continue with this form in the rest of the tournament," said the former South Africa captain.

Pollock emphasised that his team had chalked out a strategy that entailed the bowlers to pitch in the right areas and allow the track to do the bidding.

"This is the same plan which works in ODIs where you just put the ball in the right place and let the wicket do the rest," he said.

Pollock rued that the team will be missing the services of all-rounder Dwayne Bravo [Images], who is leaving for the West Indies [Images] after yesterday's match to line-up against Australia in the Test and ODI rubbers.

"He's a fantastic asset and we will miss him. However, this will be an opportunity for someone else in the team to stand up and be counted," he said.

Pollock was not too concerned about the lack of runs from Tendulkar's bat in the last two games after his comeback from a groin injury.

"Sanath was scoring in the 20s and 30s until in one game he got a hundred (114 not out against Chennai Super Kings). If Sachin comes to the party in one game, I'm sure he will continue getting high scores," he emphasised.

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