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Why Ponting may lose his finger nails

Last updated on: April 5, 2013 10:25 IST

Why Ponting may lose his finger nails

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Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians are the big guns of the IPL.

And when these big boys meet there have to be sparks!

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The world's best batsmen, like Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, were lined up against each other to deliver the most exciting cricket.

But, among them, Mumbai Indians' captain Ponting was the most worried man.


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156 was a good enough score to defend: Kohli

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It was definitely a cracker of a match and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli was all praise for his big-hitting opener Chris Gayle. He felt 156 was a good enough score for his side to defend.

Gayle smashed an unbeaten 92 to single-handedly power RCB to a fighting 156 for five, and Kohli said he had the faith in his bowlers to restrict Mumbai below the total.


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'Chris batted beautifully'

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"Chris batted beautifully. We knew 157 was enough. The dew came on, and the way we fielded was good.

"The way Unadkat bowled the over towards the end was good," he said, after RCB eked out a two-run win over Mumbai.


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Ponting, a disappointed man

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Mumbai skipper Ricky Ponting, though, was a disappointed man. He said the team has some thinking to do after Thursday's loss.

"I may lose most of my finger nails. It was disappointing not to have won the game. We have to analyse our game. I think with our bowing today we were a bit behind," Ponting said.

He praised debutant Jasprit Bumrah, who picked three wickets for 32 runs.

"We had a good chat about Jasprit and he didn't let anyone down," Ponting said.


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'I might come out swinging early in another game'

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Man-of-the-match Gayle said, early on, the pitch was not conducive for shot-making and that's why he adopted a wait-and-watch approach before exploding in the eighth over.

"I might come out swinging early in another game. I needed to stay there. The ball was seaming around. The key was to put up a partnership with (Daniel) Christian," he said.


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