Mumbai paid the price by dropping Gayle: Harbhajan

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Published: Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12:01 [IST]
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Dropping Gayle cost us the match: Bhajji

Mumbai, May 10: Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh blamed dropping Chris Gayle early in the innings cost them the match as Royal Challengers Bangalore won by nine wickets to jump to fourth spot in the points table.

Chasing 142 to win, Chris Gayle scored an unbeaten 82 to help RCB register a convincing nine wicket win over Harbhajan's XI.

Interestingly, the Jamaican was dropped by Dwayne Smith, West Indies all-rounder, off RP Singh's over while he was on 21. Mumbai paid the price as the Jamaican went on to score yet another match-winning knock to seal another victory for Virat Kohli's XI.

"If we had taken Gayle's wicket the result of the match could have been different. We are a way better side than this," Harbhajan said after his side lost the match with two overs to spare.

"We're not disappointed. It was a good toss to win for RCB. We were 15-20 runs short but we have four more games to play," he added.

If they had held that catch, the RCB's middle order would have been tested, as Gayle was dropped in the 6th over by Dwayne Smith when he had just started off, which would have turned the match in Mumbai's favour.

Since AB deVilliers is the only reliable batsman for RCB down the order, while others need atleast one good innings to regain touch. But stand-in skipper Kohli also came good on Wedensday night as he scored a 25-ball 36 to guide the team to a comprehensive win over Mumbai Indians in their backyard.

Gayle's 59-ball 82 included six sixes ans five boundaries as he alongwith Virat Kohli added 94 runs for the second wicket to steer RCB to a nine-wicket win over Mumbai Indians.

With this win, RCB has registered six wins in the tournament and has secured 13 points and seated comfortably at No 4 as they are still in the hunt for a play-off berth, while Mumbai are still placed third in the points table as they have seven wins in the tournament.


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