In the 31st match of the fascinating Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 expedition, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) recorded a brilliant performance to eclipse Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by a convincing 5-wicket margin at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. RCB batting pair of AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali compiled a remarkable partnership for the third wicket to guide their team to an imposing first innings total. However, the score would have been much more had Lasith Malinga not pulled off things nicely with a terrific four-wicket haul.
The MI opening duo comprising of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock started off the second innings in a blazing manner to relieve the pressure of the run-chase into mere pieces. However, the matters did became tensed in the last few overs, but then Hardik Pandya smashed a blistering cameo to steer MI towards a splendid victory.
His hitting has been helping the team
Hardik has been finishing games consistently for his team this season. After the game, MI skipper Rohit Sharma revealed that Hardik has been hitting the ball really well this edition and that has helped the side. Rohit mentioned that Hardik wanted to prove a point both with the bat and ball not to the others but to himself.
The skipper reckoned that his form gives the team immense confidence and the management feels assured that there is someone who could tonk the ball long into the park and win crunch games. “His (Hardik’s) hitting has been helping the team and him as well to move forward. This is something he wanted to do because he didn’t have a lot of time before coming to the Indian Premier League,” quoted Rohit Sharma.
“So, he wanted to prove a point with bat and ball, to himself than anyone else. The way he is hitting gives us confidence as a team that there is someone who can hit that well at the end and win crucial games,” he added.
His form is very critical
Rohit also mentioned praiseworthy comments for Malinga and noted that his performance matters a lot for the side. The Sri Lankan skipper has missed quite a few games this year due to national commitments. The skipper credited Malinga for how well he has handled that death bowling role at a challenging track such as the Wankhede Stadium.
“Lasith’s performance matters a lot to us. We missed him for a few games. His form is very critical for Mumbai. Trust me, with all that he has done over the years, bowling at the death at the Wankhede is very difficult,” concluded the MI skipper.