Mumbai Indians (MI) lead by captain Rohit Sharma on Monday was in a hopeless position in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2020. While Virat Kohli’s RCB had scored 201 for the loss of 3 wickets, MI lost Rohit Sharma early in the game.
It was a splendid performance by Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard that helped Mumbai India’s tie the game. Ishan Kishan scored 99 runs off 58 balls before getting out, whereas Pollard scored an unbeaten 60 runs off 24 balls,
But, for the super over, Mumbai Indians sent Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya to bat. Navdeep Saini bowled a good super over for RCB. With a combination of low full tosses and yorkers, the lanky pacer restricted Mumbai Indians to just seven runs for the loss of Pandya’s wicket. The poor score in the super over resulted in an easy win for RCB.
The choice of Hardik Pandya over Ishan Kishan surprised many. People started questioning the decision of MI skipper Rohit Sharma, with some blaming him for the ‘wrong decision’ that resulted in the team’s defeat.
Rohit Sharma defends decision of not sending Ishan Kishan
Meanwhile, MI captain Rohit Sharma defended the decision not to send Ishan Kishan during the super over.
Rohit Sharma in the post-match presentation said: “He was completely drained and did not have the energy to bat. Ishan wasn’t feeling fresh. Plus, we know that Hardik Pandya can hit the ball long and Pollard was batting well.”
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The Mumbai Indians captain said Royal Challengers Bangalore held their nerves better in a crunch game.
“Nothing to take away from RCB. They stuck to their plans, although we put them under pressure, they held their nerve more than us. It was a great game of cricket, we were not in the game at all when we started with the bat.”
“But great innings by Ishan (Kishan) there to get us back in the game and then Polly (Kieron Pollard) was brilliant as usual,” said Sharma.
Rohit blames poor start by MI for the loss
Rohit Sharma said Mumbai Indians’ poor start was the reason for the RCB vs MI match going all the way to the super over.
“It is just that we couldn’t start well. I thought we could get that 200 with the batting power we had but we could not get the momentum in the first 6-7 overs,” he said.
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