Malinga will be the key in the final, says Harbhajan

Mumbai Indians skipper felt that getting star batsmen Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli out was the key to success in the finals AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Oct 9, 2011

Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Harbhajan Singh has said that his team is ready to face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the finals and it has already chalked out plans for them for the important clash on Sunday.

After the closely fought match with Somnerset on Saturday, Harbhajan said in the press conference,” They (RCB) have got quality players. They’re scoring lots of runs up front. We respect all our opponents. I think Chennai Super Kings were the best side in this competition. We take lot of confidence from beating them in Chennai. That win was a big boost. All we need to do is do the right things – things that we can do.”

The Mumbai Indians skipper also felt that getting out star batsmen like Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli was the key to success in the finals. He said,” It is a different wicket (to the one in Bangalore) and hopefully if we can get [Chris] Gayle, [Virat] Kohli and [Tillakaratne] Dilshan out early, I think things can change very quickly. Otherwise you know the kind of batting form they are in we’d like to give it our best shot – do whatever we can do to restrict them to the lowest total.”

Harbhajan is aware of the threat the potent batting line-up of Bangalore and is banking on strike bowler Lasith Malinga to get early breakthroughs.

” We don’t have to think too much about what they’ve done. They’ve chased down 200 runs twice. Everyday, this game throws new challenges, new oppositions, new pitches things could be different. That’s the way it is. From whatever cricket I’ve played or seen, one day you could pick up five wickets and the next day you could go for 80 runs in 10 overs.” said Harbhajan.

“Gayle has scored lots of runs and hopefully [Lasith] Malinga will get him first ball. If that happens, that’ll be great,” he concluded.