Pune, May 4: Pune Warriors skipper Sourav Ganguly said the turning point of the match was the fall of his wicket as the side would have chased a modest total of 121, after his team lost to Mumbai Indians by 1 run at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Thursday.
Chasing a modest total of 121, Pune Warriors lost a couple of wickets at the start of the innings, while a crucial partnership between Sourav Ganguly and Manhas which was worth 47 runs provided the foundation but when it looked like the partnership would guide the team to victory, Ganguly was dismissed by Lasith Malinga for 16 (24 balls).
"It was not an easy wicket, the ball did not come on to the bat. But we should have got to 120. We lost a few wickets early. When I got out was the turning point of the game," said a visibly disappointed Ganguly after the match.
Mumbai Indians captain, Harbhajan Singh praised his bowlers and fielders for performing extremely well as they had to defend a small total of 120/9.
"The pitch was slow, low and it was difficult to play your strokes. We did not expect the pitch to play this way, bowlers would love to bowl here. Our bowlers did a great job," he said.
Lasith Malinga, was adjudged the man of the match for claiming two crucial wickets for 25 runs in 4 overs.
"I am used to pressure, whatever I do during the training session, I try to apply it on the field. I know my field and I bowl accordingly," the Sri Lankan said about his two for 25-run spell.