Mumbai Indians were found wanting for the fourth time on the trot after a six-wicket thrashing at the hands of Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday. Mumbai recovered from 12 for 3 and eventually posted 183 for 7 thanks to Rohit Sharma (50 off 31 balls) and Kieron Pollard (64 off 30 balls). However, the Chennai openers Dwayne Smith (62 off 30 balls) and Brendon McCullum (46 off 20 balls) stole the show putting 109 for the first wicket in just 7.2 overs . After such an onslaught, there was no way Mumbai would have recovered. CSK got over the line with 20 balls to spare. At the post-match presentation Rohit was understandably disappointed with the way his team went about defending the total.
“Pretty disappointed with the way we bowled and our attitude on the field wasn’t right. I thought 183 was a good score, but we didn’t execute our plans with the ball. There’s no way they could score 90 runs in the first six overs. I think that’s where we probably lost the game.” .Rohit said.
“We’ve been trying and possibly doing everything but it’s not coming off, but they played well too. At the end of the day, you need to get the combination right, that’s what we were trying to do. I know it’s not working out. We know we’ve got to find the right balance. If you don’t win, nothing counts. Pretty disappointed to lose the game. We are not thinking anything right now, relax, take it easy and then think about our next match.”
It was definitely unacceptable to see lack of discipline of the bowlers. Even their senior bowlers – Malinga and Harbhajan Singh looked ordinary and helpless. They were taken to the cleaners by the openers. Even though the latter managed to take 2 wickets but still an economy of 10 and 11 respectively cannot be justified
Edited By :- Shuvam Kumar