Karthik's run-out was the turning point: Franklin

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Published: Monday, April 23, 2012, 12:59 [IST]
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'Karthik's wicket changed the momentum'

Mumbai, Apr 23: Mumbai Indians batsman James Franklin also said that but for the run-out dismissal of Karthik in the first ball of the 16th over, the home side would have put up a bigger total than what they did, after their loss to Kings XI Punjab at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

Franklin said Dinesh Karthik's run out was the key, probably the turning point of the match as they were playing very well and could have posted a score more than 163.

"Karthik's run out was the turning point and also changed the momentum. We were complementing each other well," he rued.

Franklin said when he and Sachin Tendulkar, back after missing MI's last four games, were batting they thought a score of 160-plus would be competitive after seeing the Wankhede Stadium wicket.

"I thought we did not capitalise enough in the last two to three overs while batting. We were in a pretty good position. It was an unfortunate mix up with Dinesh Karthik that broke the momentum. We could have got a little more I guess," said the lanky New Zealander who scored his best-ever score of 79 in the IPL.

He felt the team could have posted a score more than 170 with the momentum they got from Sachin Tendulkar, Karthik and himself, but did not capitalise in the last two overs which resulted in a loss as Shaun Marsh played brilliantly to score 68 off 40 balls.

"The way Sachin and I were batting I thought 160 was a competitive total. In hindsight, 170-180 would have been better. We were in the game except in the last three overs where Shaun Marsh batted unbelievably well and won the game. You have to give him credit for it," he said.

"The ball was not quite coming on to the bat. Sachin and I were trying to asses the conditions as much as we could. We knew if we scored 160-170, we would be in the game. Unfortunately, we ended up on the losing side," he added.

Franklin heaped praise on Shaun Marsh as his innings helped Kings XI Punjab to win the match with ease.

"We had a total which could keep us in the game, and it did keep us in the game. But in the end it was Shaun Marsh with played unbelievably and won the game. You got to give him a lot of credit," he said.

Franklin also praised Kings XI Punjab new ball bowler Praveen Kumar for the maiden opening over in which he was beaten on five occasions.

"He (Praveen Kumar) bowled a very good first over. He was angling it well. He did not bowl too many bad balls," he said.

Franklin admitted that they missed the expertise of Lasith Malinga, who has returned home after suffering from a sore back, and termed his injury as unfortunate.

"Malinga has been an important part of Mumbai Indians since its inception. Any team would love to have him, but his injury is unfortunate. He is bowled well. He is leading from the front. He is doing a good job. He led this team to Champions League title," he pointed out.

"It happens in cricket and we can't do anything about it and hopefully he will be back soon," he said.


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