Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) conceded a 34-run loss against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the iconic Eden Gardens on Sunday. Hardik Pandya’s brilliant 34-ball 91-run knock got outshined by Andre Russell’s staggering all-round efforts. 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.
The early wickets added the pressure
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma revealed that they lost too many wickets at the start of the run-chase and that increased the pressure towards the end. The visitors got off to a disappointing start as both their in-form openers, Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma got dismissed within the first four overs. The duo of Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav got starts but they failed to convert them into big innings and with their wickets, MI got reduced to in a spot of bother at 58 for 4. Rohit mentioned that had somebody supported Hardik, things could have been different.
“You gotta start well which didn’t happen for us. We kept losing wickets which added more pressure towards the end. If somebody would have played a hand with Hardik, we lost by 30 runs, you never know,” said Rohit Sharma during the post-match presentation ceremony.
We tried everything
Rohit stated that his bowlers tried every variation and the yorkers but the trio of Lynn, Gill and Russell were unstoppable. He noted that it is a great learning from them on how to respond in such situations. The skipper also revealed that he is not at all worried about the bowling concerns based on this match’s performance as the bowlers will come back stronger.
“We tried everything we could. We bowled those yorkers, we bowled the bouncers, tried our variations. Got to give credit to their batters, Lynn set the tone, Gill batted really well and Russell finished it off. This is a learning for us. We will find some answers going forward. Today was a testing time for us, but I am not really worried how the bowling unit will come back from this,” Rohit added.