In Match 9 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Mumbai Indians came within a whisker of defeating SunRisers Hyderabad. Despite their renowned batting lineup struggling to fire, Kieron Pollard’s two sixes off the final two deliveries of his innings propelled them to 150/5, and then SRH suffered another collapse, handing MI a 13-run victory. MI captain Rohit Sharma praised his bowlers but acknowledged that they need to improve their middle-order batting.
“For this pitch, I figured we had a good performance. Both teams were able to take advantage of the powerplay. Having said that, we can improve our middle overs efficiency. All of the players have enough experience to do so “In his post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma said.
“But I don’t want to take credit away from them; it’s not easy bowling with guys like Rashid and Mujeeb,” he said.
The Chennai ground, according to Rohit Sharma, is sluggish and difficult to bat on.
“The pitch is slowing down, and bowlers are still in the game until the last 20 overs. Even the seamers are difficult to get away from, and the sluggish nature of the game makes it difficult for the batsman to slog straight away “Rohit remarked.
“At the end of the day, all you need is one solid batsman and some intelligent batting,” he said.
“The bowling unit put forth a valiant effort; we knew it would not be easy. When you have a pitch like that and the bowlers perform, a captain’s job becomes much easier “Regarding his bowlers, Rohit said.
Rohit Sharma lauded his team’s fielding performance as well. Hardik Pandya, in particular, stood out, evicting David Warner and Abdul Samad with two direct-hit run-outs.
“I thought our fielding was decent today,” he said, “and that’s something we take pride in because we want to be the best unit in the tournament.”
The Mumbai Indians have won two of their three matches in the tournament and are currently in first place.