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Indians sweat on Sachin

Hand injury leaves Mumbai hoping for swift recovery

Tendulkar: Fitness worry

Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar faces a race against time to be fit for Sunday's Indian Premier League final.

The 'Little Master' injured his left hand while fielding in the slip cordon during Wednesday's semi-final victory over the Bangalore Royal Challengers.

He left the field immediately and remains a huge doubt for Sunday's showpiece.

"My right hand is not too great. I split my webbing and got five stitches. But hopefully I will recover for the final," said Tendulkar after the match.

Left-arm pace bowler Zaheer Khan, who took over the captaincy when Tendulkar left the field, admits he is keeping everything crossed in the hope that his India team-mate recovers in time.

Patient

"We are little bit worried but we will take a couple of days to decide on his availability for the final," Zaheer said of the tournament's leading run-scorer.

"Every team he has played for has relied on him. It was unfortunate he got injured. But we have reached the final and all the credit goes to him. We all expect him to play. We just have to remain patient."

Bangalore skipper Anil Kumble was left to rue another wasted opportunity after the Royal Challengers' added Wednesday's defeat to last year's loss in the IPL final to the Deccan Chargers.

"Every defeat hurts. We are professionals. Maybe some of the other players have other things to look forward to," he said.

"But I no longer play international cricket. This is all I have. I still haven't got over losing in the final last year. This one will also take some time."