It was an excellent fightback, don’t see a game like this often: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma proved once again why he is the greatest captain in the history of the Indian Premier League. The 33-year-old stalwart has an incredible winning record against all the IPL teams and among these teams, his side has literally bossed it over the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Mumbai Indians registered their 22nd victory of KKR which is their top-track record in the league. The defending champions lost just 6 games against the two-time IPL champions in the inception of the league.
KKR ticked the boxes in all departments to keep MI silent in the first innings. MI managed to post just 152 with the help of Suryakumar Yadav’s half-century. Andre Russell registered his best bowling figures of 4/15.
The Caribbean bowled just 2 overs but managed to dismiss half of the MI’s batting unit. KKR provided a blistering start to the game in the form of Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill.
The youngsters inserted pressure on the Rohit Sharma-led team by adding a 72-run partnership for the first wicket. The turning point of the game saw Rahul Chahar getting the first four wickets of KKR batsmen.
He dismissed the likes of Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan and Nitish Rana. Chahar was adjudged the man of the match for his exceptional bowling spell. KKR lost the game from the winning position.
They had wickets and overs to seal an easy win but MI rose from the dead and made a stunning comeback. MI won the game by 10 runs to mark their first win of this season.
You don’t see a game like this often: Rohit Sharma
“Was a great fightback, excellent fightback by each one of them. You don’t see a game like this often. Lots of confidence from this game and we move forward. KKR batted brilliantly in the powerplay. Rahul came and got us crucial wickets in the middle.
Krunal bowling those overs at the end was vital as well. It was a complete team effort and credit to all the bowlers. As batters, you need to carry on. The trend in Chennai is you can’t hit from ball one. You have to plan before you go into bat. We were 15-20 runs short. Should have batted well at the fag end.
We need to understand how we need to bat at the death but I don’t want to take anything away from the boys. SKY has carried his form well. He plays fearless and it’s a positive sign for us in the first few overs. We need a guy there to do that. We have done the finishing part well as a team, just that we need to understand the surfaces here and adapt,” the skipper said at the post-match presentation.