Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne said grasping his Sachin Tendulkar's catch proved to be the turning point of their crucial Indian Premier League match against Mumbai Indians in Jaipur on Sunday, which his side lost by 37 runs.
Aditya Dole dropped Mumbai skipper Tendulkar while on 45 off Siddharth Trivedi and the champion batsman later went on to make a 59-ball unbeaten 89 to guide Mumbai Indians to a competitive 174 for five.
"Dropping Sachin's (Tendulkar) catch hurt us costly because he went on to score the runs. We also responded poorly in the bowling and fielding department after the missed chance," Warne told after Mumbai Indians beat his side by 37 runs to become the first team to enter IPL III semifinals.
The legendary Australian leg-spinner, who guided Rajasthan to the Inaugural IPL title in 2008, also said that they did not help their cause by their irresponsible running between the wicket while chasing.
"We conceded 60 runs in the last four overs. I know these things happen but we had a bad start to our run chase. A few runs outs also hurt us. But we batted deeply with Aditya Dole and (Abhishek) Raut adding few crucial runs in the end.
"It was not at all a good time to lose a match," Warne said.
Mumbai Indians skipper Tendulkar said although he got a life on 45, he was satisfied with his innings today as it came under difficult circumstances.
"Sometimes catches are dropped sometimes run outs are missed, these things happen in cricket. But though I was dropped on 45, in the end I had to score runs after getting the life," Tendulkar said.
"I don't play to prove anything to anybody. The source of inspiration for me is that I am playing for enjoyment. I am playing well and it feels nice. Today, I enjoyed my batting because it was challenging initially and then I had to be patient in the middle.
"I had to plan the innings. When big shots were required they came in and it was very satisfying," he said.
He also rubbished suggestions that Mumbai Indians batting revolves around him and praised Kieron Pollard for contributing today with both bat and ball.
"In Twenty20 games it is difficult to be consistent. Pollard has contributed well with quick 25 runs and Yusuf's (Pathan) wicket. Everyone in the team is playing his role," ," Tendulkar said.
Pollard first scored a breezy 25 off 13 balls and shared a vital 50-run stand with Tendulkar to help Mumbai Indians post the competitive total on the board and then got the important wicket of dangerman Yusuf.