The Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians recorded a brilliant performance to thump the visiting Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team by a convincing 37-run margin. However, if somebody had told that result after watching the hosts’ batting show till the 16th over, none would have believed. After losing the toss, Mumbai batters struggled to score at a rapid rate in the first 15 overs. Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya did compose a half-century stand with the former scoring a half-century, but the hosts were moving at a very low rate.
But then the pair of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard totally turned the game on its head with some power-packed hitting. They scored at a staggering pace to guide the home team to an explosive finish. In the run-chase, the MI bowlers displayed sensational combined effort to guide their team to an amazing victory. Hardik was the star performer in the game, displaying a terrific performance both with the bat and ball.
It feels really good to help the team win
The Mumbai Indians all-rounder first played a blistering cameo of 25 runs off just 8 balls to lead his team towards a strong first innings finish. Hardik then bowled a remarkable fast bowling spell to claim three crucial wickets at an impressive economy rate. He was awarded the Man of the Match for his remarkable all-round performance. He mentioned that he feels very much nice to contribute in a winning effort. He also talked about his recent tough time off the field due to injuries and controversies.
“It feels really good to help the team win and to contribute to it. It’s been seven months since I played much competitive cricket. Have batted and batted and batted in the nets. I am someone who loves to have game time and I am hitting them really well at the moment. Yes the injury happened and then the controversy too. These seven months weren’t easy and I wasn’t sure of what to do,” Hardik was quoted as saying.
This award is special
Hardik noted that he wants to dedicate his Man of the Match award to every single person who supported him during his tough times. He stated that is current goal is to perform well and help India win the 2019 World Cup. “This award is special and I dedicate it to all those who stood by me during those tough times. My goal is to keep performing and hopefully, help India win the World Cup,” the Indian all-rounder concluded.