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No ground big enough for Gayle: McCullum

Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 10:24 [IST]
 
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Durban: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Brendon McCullum has said no ground is big enough for Chris Gayle when he gets going.

After the defeat against the Hyderabad Deccan Chargers in their tournament opener, the Knight Riders took Tuesday's match against Kings XI Punjab as an opportunity to shrug off the setback and bounce back.

The rain-interruption did help them but McCullum felt with Gayle in such ominous form, it would have been difficult to stop the rampaging left-hander.

"It was a nice result after the first match defeat and we bounced back at the right time to gain some momentum," McCullum said after Knight Riders won the rain-marred match by 11 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method with Gayle remaining unbeaten on 44 from 26 balls.

"Chris played really magnificent upfront. It was tough batting on out there for everyone except Chris. And when he hits the ball so well as he did today, no ground is big enough for him," McCullum said of the talismanic West Indian.

McCullum's opposite number Yuvraj Singh, meanwhile, was sombre after Kings XI Punjab found themselves at the wrong side of yet another rain-curtailed match and admitted the bowling department lacked both firepower and sting. "It was bit unfortunate again," said the left-hander.

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