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We were blasted by Bhajji power: Gilchrist

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Posted: Mar 29, 2010 at 0954 hrs IST
      

Mumbai: Deccan Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist said till Harbhajan took the game away with his 18-ball innings that contained two sixes and eight fours, the Chargers were very much in control of the proceedings.

"His (Harbhajan's) innings turned the match around. It was a Sehwag-like innings and Tendulkar played intelligently. It was not the last five overs (when Chargers conceded 72 runs) but the last two which turned it around," the retired Australian cricketer said.

"Till he (Harbhajan) came to bat we were in a very strong position and it looked like we had to chase a total of 140 or 150," he said.

Gilchrist maintained that the 173-run target set by Mumbai Indians was chaseable as the wicket was a good one right through, but his batsmen played poor shots and got out.

"(West Indian speedster) Kemar Roach was off target in the last over when Harbhajan went after him. But still 172 was good to chase but no batsman was there to support Rohit Sharma (45)," he said.

The former Australian stumper said that he was not surprised to see Harbhajan come on to bowl the first over. He said his team was doing well in patches but had to be more consistent. "We are doing bits and pieces well. We need to be more consistent," he maintained.

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