Mumbai: Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh rued the reprieve given to Chris Gayle early in Royal Challengers Bangalore's run chase, which he felt cost his side their IPL 5 match on Wednesday as they lost by nine wickets for their fifth loss in the tournament.
Gayle was dropped when he was on 21 by Dwayne Smith off the bowling of RP Singh, and the RCB opener went on to score an unbeaten 82 to guide the visiting side to an easy win with 12 balls to spare at the Wankhede Stadium.
"If we had taken Gayle's wicket, the result of the match could have been different. We are a way better side than this," said Harbhajan after the match. "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."
RCB captain Virat Kohli, meanwhile, was a satisfied man as 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," said Kohli, who supported Gayle with an unbeaten 25-ball 36.
Man of the Match Gayle, who got the Orange Cap on Wednesday, 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." The in-form Gayle's 59-ball knock included five fours and six sixes, and when asked about the many Man-of-the-Match awards he has won so far in the IPL, the West Indian joked, "The room for the trophies is in the process of being built."