We almost won it in the end: Gayle

RCB opener says his team did well to stretch KXIP’s run-chase to the final over

Bengaluru 03 May 2012
It doesn’t happen very often that Chris Gayle plays one of his trademark blistering knocks and his team ends up on the losing side. But the intent and spirit of the Kings XI Punjab unit won over the pyrotechnics of the Caribbean dasher.

Not one to frown over defeats, the Royal Challengers Bangalore opener was cool as ever even after his 42-ball 71 runs went in vain. Graciously, he also doffed his hat to the KXIP bowlers for keeping him quiet in the first six overs.

Excerpts from his exclusive chat with after the match:

You almost took the game away from them, after they were cruising at one point.

We almost won it in the last over. We did pretty well to take the game to the last over when they were chasing 160 on a batting track. I think, we fell about 20 runs short. I and Virat set up a 100 [odd] runs partnership and [I] got out in the 16th over; that really put us back. It was a decent game, and now we have to win all the matches to see ourselves through to the semis. And sometimes, in such a situation, we can be a bit more dangerous.

Talk us through that 111-meter-long six. Have you ever hit the ball higher than that?

I can’t recall it at this point of time, but I think I am lucky to have hit the ball that far. Like I said, it’s a good wicket and once you start hitting the ball, it’s easy to hit boundaries. I am disappointed to lose the game again, but we have to move on as quickly as possible.

The situation is very crunch if you look at the points table. Everyone is beating everyone. What do you have to say about that?

I think this has been the most exciting IPL. Everyone has beaten everyone. Only DD has managed to win most of their games. It’s been fantastic for the IPL. We have to play hard and win rest of our games and see us through the semis, and then try to get a shot to [win] the trophy.

Do you think bowling is falling a bit short as compared to the batting?

Sometimes, it’s our batting, which lets us off, and sometimes, it’s our bowling. It’s a T20 game where both our batting and bowling has to come off well. In this format, batsmen come hard on the bowlers, but we still have to dig deep though. It’s tough.

Middle and lower order is a bit of concern.

Sometimes, our top order has collapsed as well. AB [de Villiers] has been getting runs for us in the middle, but didn’t get what he wanted today. We got to take our chances in the first six overs, so there is nothing wrong in losing a wicket or two. We got to try and consolidate, and do well.
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