Bangalore, Apr 18: Chris Gayle is confident that Royal Challengers Bangalore's win over Pune Warriors India will give them a much needed push in the tournament.
The IPL 5 witnessed another last ball thriller, chasing a huge total of 183, RCB needed three runs off the last ball. Sourav Tiwary got them the winner with a six off Ashish Nehra's bowling.
"This win, hopefully, will give us the push in this tournament. There was a lot of pressure and initially I struggled with both Dinda and Nehra bowling in right areas. I looked to accelerate and that big over (13th where Rahul Sharma was hit for five sixes) that brought us back in the match," the Jamaican, who scored a crucial 48-ball 81 said during the post-match press conference.
Gayle hit a total of eight sixes, but said he was "actually sad that one of the sixes broke a supporter's nose."
Pune Warriors skipper Sourav Ganguly felt that 183 was a good target and the last over was expensive.
"I thought 183 was a good total, but the last over was a bit expensive. The scoop over short fine from AB was a brilliant shot. Still I would day that we're playing well, these things happen. Hope we'll bounce back."
The winning captain Daniel Vettori feels that there has been a great momentum shift.
"We needed this one and it's a great momentum shift to do it under these circumstances. We've tried to maintain our fielding and it held us in good stead tonight. It's great for the team and good for the balance of the side is AB who is a world class player."
After three back-to-back defeats, RCB have finally claimed a dramatic win to be placed a spot above Deccan Charges in eighth position.
With two wins in five games, RCB will be confident ahead of their clash against Rajasthan Royals.