The mistake that cost Rajasthan Royals a win

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Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 13:03 [IST]
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The mistake that cost Rajasthan a win

Mumbai, Apr 12: Owais Shah, the Rajasthan Royals batsman has admitted that he made a mistake by trying to attack Mumbai Indians bowler Lasith Malinga in the 15th over which resulted in the Englishman's dismissal and end Rajasthan's hopes of chasing the big target.

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The Game 12 of IPL 5 was a high scoring one at the Wankhede Stadium. Mumbai won by 27 runs. However, Shah had kept Rajasthan in the hunt till the 14th over.

Malinga came on in the 15th over and he struck immediately. Shah moved to the leg-side, exposing his stumps and was cleaned up by the Sri Lankan bowler.

Reflecting on that dismissal, Shah said: "I think I made a mistake by not playing out Lasith Malinga who is dangerous. I didn't have to, perhaps, try to play some shots against him, should have stuck around, seen Malinga off and, maybe, attack the other bowlers."

Shah was looking in great touch, having scored 76 with five sixes. But his departure paved the way for Mumbai's victory easily.

"Lasith Malinga is a very good bowler and bowled well. He has a very lethal yorker. I made a mistake and I am quite happy to put my hand up and say next time I would try and not make the mistake," he added.

When Malinga started the 15th over, Rajasthan needed 64 runs off 36 balls. But his dismissal followed by Johan Botha's wicket in the same over to Malinga, put paid to Rajasthan's chances. Chasing 198, Rajasthan were bowled out for 170 in the final over. Munaf Patel took four wickets while Malinga had three. Kieron Pollard also scalped four.

When a journalist pointed out to Shah that he had batted better than Pollard (33-ball 64), he laughed and said: "You think so. Look, at the end of the day you need to win, my efforts went in vain. I tried my best to try and win the game, get us as close as possible. The best players perhaps take you all the way and win the game.

"Something I was missing from my innings was the finishing touch. I was happy with the way I struck the ball, but for me to say I played really well, I got to have finished the game and win the game for my team and then I would consider I had played well."


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