Mumbai, May 10: The West Indies giant Chris Gayle played a crucial role in his team's comfortable nine-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians, but the Royal Challengers Bangalore opener credited the team's bowlers for restricting the opponent to a low competitive total.
"It was a very good wicket to bat on (when we batted) to be honest with you. First of all I must say it was a very good toss to win. The new ball tends to do a lot here. Credit must go to our bowlers who utilised the conditions brilliantly.
"I would actually say our bowlers won this match for us. To restrict such a good batting line up in the first six overs and also get key wickets was a tremendous effort," said the left-handed West Indian power-hitter.
Hard-hitting Gayle struck six sixes and five boundaries to reach his fourth 80-plus score this season. He remained unbeaten at 82 off 55 balls.
Royal Challengers pacer Vinay Kumar struck in his first over to shatter the Mumbai top-order for 2/2, dimissing opener James Franklin and Rohit Sharma.
The former West Indies skipper retained the Orange Cap after leading the runs charts with 515 runs in IPL 5. Gayle said that Lasith Malinga was a threat and they had planned to play cautiously in the first six over.
"When we batted, it was good to bat on. Only the new ball did a bit. It was key that we didn't let them in early by losing early wickets. Myself and Dilshan played that part very well, but unfortunately we lost Dilshan and then captain (Kohli) came in and we finished it off," he said.
"We know what Malinga is capable of. He was actually our toughest hurdle and looking to pick up early wickets. Our plan was not to let him do so. We knew what was actually coming at us. He is one of the best T20 bowlers in the world. Credit has to be given where it is due. We played him out well. We stuck to our plans and finished it off well," said the 32-year-old.
Mumbai all-rounder Dwayne Smith turned hero to zero when he dropped Gayle early when on just 21 runs in the sixth over.
"He does not drop many catches. That was a surprise. Ball went high it was a tough one even though he is a tremendous fielder. These things do happen. It was unfortunate for him and good luck for me. I was very happy he dropped it." Gayle said.
Gayle was happy with this victory but urged RCB to push hard and cement their place in the play-offs.
"Yeah it's a good feeling to achieve it but what was more important was actually winning the game. It was difficult position for us but two wins on the trot is actually good for us and hopefully we can continue in the same form in the next couple of games.
With two wins in a row, Gayle hopes his team continues to play in good form in their upcoming games.
"But we need to be consistent. This is history now and we move on to the next game in Pune and hopefully continue that winning vein and give us that chance to have a shot at that trophy," he signed off.