Harbhajan reckons dropping Gayle proved costly
Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh has rued that the reprieve given to Chris Gayle early in Royal Challengers Bangalore's run chase cost his side their IPL match on Wednesday.
Mumbai lost the home match against Bangalore by nine wickets at the Wankhede Stadium.
Gayle, when on 21, was dropped by Dwayne Smith off the bowling of R P Singh and the RCB opener went on to score an unbeaten 82 to guide the visiting side to a nine-wicket win.
"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.
"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.
Image: Chris Gayle
'To beat them at home is a good feeling for us'
RCB captain Virat Kohli was a satisfied man that his side beat a strong team in their own backyard.
"To beat them at home is a good feeling for us. I wasn't feeling too great when I was batting in the previous matches but my team-mates backed me."
Man of the Match Gayle, who received the Orange Cap, said, "It was a good team effort today. We knew we had to see off Lasith Malinga. We were expecting two overs up front from him but he bowled three."Asked about the so many MoM awards in the IPL so far, he said in jest, "The room for trophies is in the process of being built."
Image: Virat Kohli