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Ojha's spell made the difference: Tendulkar

Hailing Deccan Chargers' spinner Pragyan Ojha, Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar said most of the time they were in control but they lost the momentum when Pragyan Ojha came to bowl.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2009 21:42 IST

Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday hailed Deccan Chargers' spinner Pragyan Ojha, who he believes took away the match from them with his brilliant 3/21 spell.

Ojha weaved his magic with the ball and earned the Man of the Match award by scalping three crucial wickets to restrict the Mumbai Indians 12 runs short off the 169 target set by Deccan Chargers.

"Yeah, I thought till the 10 overs in the first half we were doing quite well but thereafter we lost a bit of momentum and lost wickets and didn't score enough runs.

"Most of the time we were in control but we lost it in between when Pragyan Ojha came to bowl," said Tendulkar, who made useful 36 at the top.

Asked whether the strategy break had anything to do with their momentum loss, Tendulkar, a stern critic of the concept, said, " This has (time out) gone against us, hopefully next time it favours us."

He, however, ruled out any possibility of changing the composition of the team for the next match before having a look at the pitch.

"I have to go and look at the wicket before taking any decision but I am quite happy with the way we have approached the game so far."

First Published: Apr 25, 2009 21:39 IST