Harbhajan's behaviour disgraceful: Darren Lehmann

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Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 11:58 [IST]
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Bhajji's behaviour disgraceful: Lehmann

Vishakapatnam, Apr 11: Deccan Chargers' coach Darren Lehmann has criticised Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh's behaviour as disgraceful regarding Sangakkara's dismissal.

Chargers, have not found their home venue lucky as their losing streak continues at Vizag. Though they fought very well in the previous match against Mumbai Indians, which went on to the wire as Rohit Sharma hit a six off the last-ball to guide Mumbai to a five wicket win on Monday.

The Australian player disappointed with another loss, as the team registered its second loss in the fifth season, he said it was a close game and was disappointed to lose it.

"Yeah, it was disappointing to lose such a close game. We worked very hard in all departments of the game and it really showed. We batted well. I think this was the closest we came to a win," the Australian said after the match.

"Maybe we ended up a bit lesser than we had expected. I had thought it was a 150-odd runs track. But we lost a couple of early wickets and there had to be a lot of hard work to rebuild the innings. I think, in the end, we had enough to defend," he said.

However, his focus shifted on Harbhajan's behaviour after talking about the loss, as Sangakkara's controversial dismissal as he was initially given not out when he was clearly bowled (in the 13th over) while square-leg umpire Johan Cloete of South Africa thought that the ball had ricocheted of wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik’s pads and then disturbed the stumps.

After watching the replays, Sangakkara was given out as the ball hit, took Sangakkara's bat edge and brushed off and went on to hit Karthik's pads and rebound again to break the stumps.

If the decision could have been made simple, the behaviour of the two bowlers were under check, as Munaf Patel was fined 25% of the match fee for showing his anger by throwing the ball and arguing with the umpire, Harbhajan was reprimanded as Mumbai Indians' skipper felt it was right to express his anger against the umpires after the controversial dismissal of Kumar Sangakkara on Monday.

Talking to the media about Sangakkara's controversial dismissal, Deccan Chargers' coach Darren Lehamann said, "I think it could have been handled better but with such decisions we can't do anything. It was disgraceful the way Mumbai captain ( Harbhajan Singh) behaved. The two gentlemen (umpires) were trying to run the game the right way but they were put under pressure," he said.


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