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Looking to enjoy the game: Harbhajan
Saturday 08 October 2011

The Mumbai Indians seem to be in confident mood ahead of their crucial CLT20 semi-final against Somerset after skipper Harbhajan Singh declared that star all-rounder Kieron Pollard is fit enough to play.

"He is fit and he will play tomorrow, unless he does that to himself (get injured) again!" Pollard was injured while training on Thursday.

Looking ahead to the semi-final game, Harbhajan sounded rather philosophical, saying he would be at peace with whatever the result may be, but wanted his players to put their best foot forward.

"Of course we do what we can do, we will be a difficult side to beat in this competition. Just go out, give it your best shot and enjoy the game."

"Result will only matter if you think too much about it. If you're looking to enjoy the game, you give it everything. I will make sure we will give it our best shot on the field and whatever result we get, we will be happy with it," he said.

Harbhajan admitted the Mumbai batting had not quite clicked in the competition and more often than not had struggled, but in the T20 format, form was not the influential factor.

"The kind of batting line-up we are, we have not performed to our expectations so far, apart from one game in Bangalore (against Cape Cobras) where we played brilliantly and got the runs on the board," he said.

"Twenty20 is a kind of format in which you don't need to be in the best of form to score runs or take wickets. I only believe that. As a matter of fact, five balls if you connect with the bat, that could be your day and if you are a bowler, if you take a wicket with your second ball, you become a different bowler in this competition," he opined.

Mumbai Indians have been allowed to include Surya Kumar Yadav, who was in the original squad, but was subsequently dropped due to injury.

He has since recovered fully and the technical committee of the tournament has allowed his re-inclusion while revoking the permission to include a fifth foreign player in the playing eleven.

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