"We should have chased that target easily. The wicket was playing better than it did in the last game. We were disappointing, not up to the mark," Gambhir said after his team was restricted to 126 for nine by the Kochi bowlers.
Gambhir said the credit goes to Kochi for their clinical bowling display.
"The way their bowlers bowled.
Asked about the fitness of Yusuf Pathan, who hurt his knee while taking a catch at the boundary line, Gambhir said the Baroda all-rounder is fine and should be ok to play in the next game.
"Nothing serious with Yusuf''s injury, he should be OK for the next game," Gambhir said.
His Kochi counterpart, Mahela Jayawardene said he always thought the score would be competitive.
"I thought it was going to be a scrappy game, 130 was a competitive score. We missed out on about 15 runs, we batted really well," he said.
The Sri Lankan was also lavish in his praise for the bowlers.
"The bowlers performed under pressure, the fielding was outstanding. Our quicks had the variation, knew I could use them at the end of the game. We took early wickets, guys like Gambhir and Kallis can hurt you. I had quality at the end as well," he said.