Owais Shah's wicket was crucial: Harbhajan Singh

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Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 13:46 [IST]
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Owais Shah's wicket was key: Harbhajan

Mumbai, Apr 12: Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh said that Owais Shah's dismissal was key to their 27 run victory over Rajasthan Royals during their IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Shah looked dangerous as he smashed 76 runs before being bowled by Lasith Malinga. Despite chasing a huge target of 198, Shah's innings could've easily steered the Royals' towards victory.

However, Shah was dismissed by Malinga during the 15th over. Mumbai Indians skipper praised Owais Shah for his brilliant innings.

"Malinga you can bring him any time. If Shah had batted three more overs the game would have finished in 19 overs. Lot of credit to Shah for the way he batted," Harbhajan said during the post match press conference.

"The dew was a problem, but when you have 197 on board, the opposition still has to keep the score moving," he added.

Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid felt that Owais Shah's innings could've won the game for them.

"We thought we had a chance when Shah was batting. Malinga made a difference with his wicket. We needed to bat on. We were under the pump a little bit," Dravid said.

Dravid said his side can take a lot of positives fro the match. "There was a little panic among the youngsters. It is an inexperienced attack. But there are a lot positives. it is bunch of talented kids who want to do well," he said.

Man-of-the-Match Pollard said, "The team needed that impetus. Royals played really well, but we knew 10-11 runs every over would be difficult, fantastic atmosphere. You can say that Mumbai is my second home."


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