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No One Batting With Hardik Made It Harder For Us Says Quinton De Kock

Mumbai Indians (MI) succumbed to a disappointing 34-run defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. , KKR reached a monumental total of 232 runs on the back of some entertaining fireworks from the openers, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill and the fantabulous 'Dre Russ Show'. Andre Russell played a breathtaking unbeaten knock of 80 runs off just 40 balls which included eight sixes.

While in the second innings, Hardik Pandya stole the show with some staggering power-hitting as he dispatched the KKR bowlers all over the park. He compiled a stupendous innings of 91 runs in a mere 34 balls and smashed 9 gigantic sixes in that process, however, eventually he failed to take his team over the finishing line.

Early wickets proved to be costly entails de Kock

After the game, Mumbai Indians wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock, who got dismissed without even troubling the scorers, noted that if they would have lost less number of wickets early on, the chase would have been easier. He noted that the opening batting collapse expanded the entire pressure on Hardik Pandya. He revealed that none of the batters took the onus to lend some sort of support to Hardik and that did hurt their chances.

“We would have loved a couple of less wickets when Kieron (Pollard) and Hardik walked in. But, unfortunately, it didn’t happen today so there’s the collapse and no one batting with Hardik made it harder for us,” said Quinton de Kock during the post-match press conference.

You have to take your chances

De Kock mentioned that while chasing a big total of 233 runs, it is very important to play your shots early on to get things going. He revealed that he was trying to take his chances to help his get to an explosive start, however, he failed to do the same. “When you have to score of 233, you need to play one or two shots anyway. You have to try against any bowler who comes on and take a chance to get things going. So if I hit that ball for four or six, you probably would have said ‘great shot’ but unfortunately, I got out so didn’t look,” de Kock added on his dismissal.

While speaking about Russell’s brilliant innings, de Kock comically revealed that he didn’t like the belligerent all-rounder hitting the Mumbai bowlers all over the park.  “I’m not joking, I hated every minute of it. You can’t fault him. He took his time, and then did what he does the best. You just have to appreciate what is done. Not just this game but in the IPL. Hope he doesn’t do it again against us,” the keeper concluded.