Kohli's over turned the game, says Muralitharan

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Published: Friday, April 13, 2012, 11:34 [IST]
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We were not complacent: Muralitharan

Chennai, Apr 13: Legendary off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan admitted that Virat Kohli's 19th over turned the game around in favour of Chennai Super Kings. The former Sri Lanka great, who claimed three wickets for 21 runs denied that side were complacent after posting a big total.

Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Chennai Super Kings, Chennai

"Raju (Bhatkal) wasn't tried because he was playing his first match and was quite expensive (35 runs in two overs). We had 42 runs to defend and we thought we could win even if we were to concede 20 in that over. But it went for 28 and that turned the game." Muralitharan said after the thrilling match.

Muralitharan, who holds the record for highest number of wickets in Tests, said cricket is a funny game, "We were not at all complacent. We knew they had batters who can chase down the target and wicket was also good. Both sides fought hard and in the end one side won. Cricket is a funny game and in T20 the chances are always 50-50. We also made a few mistakes, but nothing specific," he said.

Royal Challengers opener Chris Gayle scored a crucial 68 off 35 balls but did not take the field later on, "It was so hot and humid compared to Bangalore and so he got cramps while batting. With a lot more matches coming, we didn't want to risk him and thought we should give him enough time to recover for the next match. We definitely missed him because he usually bowls 2-3 overs every match."


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