Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has stated that it was a great comeback after his bounced back in style to win their second game against Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs at the MA Chidamabaram Stadium, Chennai on Tuesday.
KKR were in a commanding position as they needed only 31 runs in the final five overs with six wickets in hand.
However, their middle-order went on to mess up the run-chase. MI made a resounding comeback into the game as they conceded only 20 runs in the final five overs and also took three wickets. The defending champions bowlers were right on the money as they got their team back into the contest.
Rahul Chahar returned with best ever IPL match figures as he scalped 4-27 in his quota of four overs. Furthermore, Krunal Pandya bowled a superb spell as he gave away only 13 runs in his four overs. Trent Boult bagged a brace whereas Jasprit Bumrah was also economical.
Bumrah conceded only four runs in the penultimate over while Boult also gave away four runs in the final over of the innings. Thus, MI came up with a brilliant performance and proved why they are one of the best teams in the tournament.
Rohit Sharma said in the post-match presentation, “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”.
MI came up with a great bowling performance to defend a paltry score of 152 runs but they will want a better batting show from their batters as they haven’t crossed 160 so far in the tourney. Suryakumar Yadav scored a fine fifty but apart from him no one could get going for MI.
MI will next face Sunrisers Hyderabad at the same venue of Chepauk Stadium, Chennai on 17th April.