DC total was chaseable: Murali

RCB’s ace spinner attributes team’s defeat to their poor batting display

By Akshay Manwani
Hyderabad 20 May 2012
The Royal Challengers Bangalore are distraught at the moment. Needing a win in their final league outing against the Deccan Chargers to qualify for the playoffs, RCB would have fancied their chances when they restricted the hosts to a mere 132 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Their hopes of making it to the next stage would have soared even more after Chris Gayle walloped Manpreet Gony for three fours and two sixes in the second over to get RCB off to a flier two overs in to their run-chase.

Yet, in a cruel twist of events, the RCB batting imploded. The visitors were kept down to 123 by the DC bowlers with Dale Steyn bowling a phenomenal four overs for just eight runs while taking three wickets. The defeat brought an end to RCB’s run in IPL 2012 and gave the Chennai Super Kings the opportunity to qualify ahead of the Bengaluru franchise on account of posting a better net run-rate. caught up with ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for a quick chat to gauge the mood in the RCB camp following this defeat.

You must be a very disappointed team right now?

Yes, very disappointed because we should have easily won. 130 [odd] is a chaseable total.

Was Virat Kohli’s wicket the turning point in the match?

We can’t say that. Any wicket [could have been the turning point], because we didn’t bat well.

Most experts are calling this the best IPL ever. Do you agree?

Yes. IPL has always been exciting because some teams win and some teams lose. This time, it was a little tougher for every team.

You had a good IPL with the ball. How do you feel about that?

Yes. I bowled well, but at the end of the day, it’s all about how the team performs.
Adam Gilchrist said yesterday that he has finished playing in the IPL. His decision is a big loss for his team and the fans.
Yes, because he is a great player and the fact that he will not play means that they [Kings XI Punjab] will miss him.
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