Chennai: Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar said Chris Gayle's blitzkrieg in the first five overs coupled with his team's inconsistent batting cost them the match in Chennai on Friday.
"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," Tendulkar said after his team was restricted to 142-8 chasing 186 to win.
"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.