Symonds' double strike was turning point

Published: Monday, May 25, 2009, 8:38 [IST]
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Symonds' double blow proves crucial

Johannesburg: The nerve breaking match could have gone either way but Andrew Symonds' back-to-back strike turned the match Deccan Chargers' favour, believe rival captains Adam Gilchrist and Anil Kumble.

Chasing a modest 144, the Royal Challengers Bangalore were heading for easy victory when Symonds intervened in the 15th over, dismissing Ross Taylor and Virat Kohli off successive deliveries.

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"The match could have gone either way, Bangalore played so well," Deccan Chargers captain Gilchrist said.

"I think for us, Pragyan Ojha did really well claiming three crucial wickets but those two wickets in two balls, that really hurts especially when a team is chasing," Gilchrist said.

Bangalore captain Anil Kumble too felt his team lost the plot there.

"On this track, chasing 144 was not a big task and we needed seven runs an over. But losing Taylor and Kohli in two balls hurt," Kumble said.

"Earlier, we lost Rahul (Dravid) and that put the brakes on. We didn't have partnerships and still were one hit away from a win," said Kumble, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his four-wicket haul.

The defeat notwithstanding, Kumble credited his teammates for the incredible turnaround in the tournament.


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