The game against Sunrisers Hyderabad sums up Mumbai Indians’ season. They were ahead in the chase for good 18 overs and looked destined to notch up their fourth win of the season. However, their innings completely derailed in the last two overs to concede a three-run defeat. The skipper Rohit Sharma, however, remains positive regarding the final game of the season and has assured the Mumbai Indians’ fans that they will try everything to win the final game.
On Tuesday night, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad 65th game of the current edition of the IPL. The Sunrisers from Hyderabad batted first after losing the coin flip. Riding on the enterprising knock of Rahul Tripathi and some vital contributions from Priyam Garg and Nicholas Pooran, they posted a massive total of 193/6 in 20 overs.
Mumbai Indians began the chase in style as the skipper Rohit Sharma alongside Ishan Kishan added 95 runs for the first wicket. The Blues lost their way in the middle but Tim David exploded to take the five-time champions closer to the target. However, the Aussie got run out at the wrong time and the equation came down to 19 runs off the last 12 deliveries.
At this moment, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a fantastic wicket-maiden over to break Mumbai’s hearts. In the end, they could only manage 16 runs off the final over to concede the game by three runs.
“We will try everything we can from our side” – Rohit Sharma
Reflecting upon the loss, the Mumbai Indians’ skipper wasn’t amused by his team’s efforts.
“Till about the second last over I thought we had it. Unfortunate runout there of Tim David. We thought we were very much in the game till that runout.You would back yourself to get even 19 off the final over. Credit to Sunrisers, they held their nerve pretty well at the back end. We wanted to try a few things keeping one eye on the future. We wanted certain guys to bowl under pressure in certain situations of the game but I thought they batted pretty well to get 193. The way we pulled things back at the end was very good. We weren’t consistent up front with the ball. We came pretty close with the bat but couldn’t finish off.”
On a question about his personal form and getting his highest total of 48 runs off 36 deliveries, the Indian captain had a simple reply – “Feels good.”
Rohit Sharma also talked about the next game and his team’s willingness to give everything in their final game of the season.
“For us it is simple (for the last game). Just want to tick off the boxes and finish off on a high note. We will try everything we can from our side. If there is an opportunity to try out new guys we will definitely look to do that as well,” concluded Rohit Sharma.
Notably, Mumbai Indians will face Delhi Capitals in the final game of their season on the 21st of May. A loss for Mumbai Indians will effectively end the season for RCB, Punjab Kings, KKR, and Sunrisers Hyderabad as well.
Delhi Capitals need a win over the Mumbai Indians to qualify for the playoffs.