Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya are both in good shape, according to Mumbai Indians (MI) head coach Mahela Jayawardene. Dubai International Stadium was the site of the match between Chennai Super Kings and the duo missed it. In Rohit’s absence, Kieron Pollard led the team, but MI lost by 20 runs.
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MI head coach Jayawardene said; Rohit had been given some extra time to recover and would be available for their next match against Kolkata Knight Riders.
“Rohit was batting and running, so we probably felt he needed extra few days after returning from the UK, so he should be fine for the next game. A niggle occurred during training so Hardik had extra days, not something serious,” said Mahela Jayawardene during a virtual press conference.
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Considering Mumbai Indians batting, Jayawardene said: “We struggled in Chennai in the first half because we weren’t used to the conditions. In this case, also, it wasn’t the easiest wicket but probably required some application. As a result of taking responsibility and being aware of the game, I was successful.
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CSK bowler Deepak Chahar took two wickets and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo took three. Saurabh Tiwary had the highest score for MI with 50 runs. Mumbai is now at risk of falling out of the top 4 if they continue to lose. Chennai Super Kings are now at the peak of the table.
“Actually, I thought the pitch wasn’t doing much, but the wicket was pretty good in the second innings. The odd one sat up a little bit. We gave a couple of soft dismissals, but someone should have taken responsibility and batted through the innings, which we didn’t. It was Ruturaj Gaikwad who did that for CSK,” Mahela Jayawardene said.
The set batsman stayed in till the end, even though they lost wickets. “We are disappointed with our handling of the situation,” he said. MS Dhoni’s side posted 156/6 in the allotted twenty overs after being 24/4 in the powerplay following Gaikwad’s unbeaten 88-run innings. The Mumbai Indians will face the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday.
Source: ANI Inputs