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Tendulkar bemoans Indians middle order woes

Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar felt his miss firing middle order were unable to cope with the pressure after Chris Gayle’s blitzkrieg during the opening five overs of the game.

Having failed with the bat against the Chennai Super Kings, the opener smashed 89 runs from just 47 deliveries which included 9 fours and 5 sixes to leave the Indians facing a run chase of 186.

Gayle fell 11 runs short of his 3rd century in this year’s tournament when he was caught by James Franklin out on the long on boundary in the 15th over after the West Indian tried to dispatch Munaf Patel for his 6th six of the innings.

Having been put into bat, the Royal Challengers got off to a lightning start as Gayle and Agarwal took advantage of the fielding restrictions to score 68 runs during the opening six overs.

Gayle led the way, smashing 39 runs from just 19 deliveries which included three boundaries and a six from the opening over which was bowled by Necham.

"I thought the way Gayle started, specially first over and following five overs that set the tone for them. We came back strongly in the last ten overs, they may have ended going above 200," said Tendulkar after the game.

"The opening partnership didn't work for us in the first half of the tournament, in the last three games it improved. But the middle order I felt could have been more consistent, but it could not happen," he added.

"I thought we ended up giving 15 runs extra, couple of wides here and there. 170 would have been par. I felt it was possible. This is a high-scoring game, it was within our reach."

source - cricket20.com
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