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We gifted the match to Deccans, rues Mallya
Johannesburg, May 25, 2009
First Published: 02:53 IST(25/5/2009)
Last Updated: 02:56 IST(25/5/2009)
Bangalore Royal Challengers' owner Vijay Mallya believes his team goofed it up in the last five overs and served the IPL title on a platter to the Deccan Chargers in Johannesburg on Sunday night.

Struggling to digest the six-run defeat in the seesaw final, Mallya said, "I'm proud that we reached the IPL finals. We were cruising to victory in the 15th over but lost the plot in the last five overs."

With Anil Kumble leading from the front, the Bangalore outfit did well to restrict the Deccan Chargers to 143 for six but faltered in their chase to fall seven runs short of the victory target.

"We were not beaten by six runs, we gave the match away by six runs," Mallya said.

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