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After a four-wicket defeat to Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma said his team’s batting unit has failed this season. MI has now dropped to sixth, behind KKR and PBKS who have 10 points each.
Mumbai now hopes to win their next two matches, but the five-time champions will also be keeping a close eye on the results of Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings. While Mumbai has 10 points after 12 matches, KKR and PBKS are respectively in fourth and fifth place in the points table after 12 matches each. All of the above teams still have two games to go in the competition phase.
Delhi Capitals chose to bowl after winning the toss and limited Mumbai to 129/8 in 20 overs. Suryakumar Yadav scored the highest score for MI with a 26-ball 33 while others around him failed to contribute on a slow Sharjah surface. Avesh Khan and Axar Patel took three wickets each, while Anrich Nortje took one wicket but gave up just 19 runs from his four overs. Later, DC chased the target with five balls left.
The batting lineup in Mumbai has been looking unsettled since the start of the UAE stage of IPL 2021. Rohit Sharma gave no words to admit that his batsmen have let the team down.
“We always knew it was going to be a tough venue. We watched a lot of games and we understand it’s not the easiest place to play and get the runs you want. We came prepared, we knew exactly what to expect from the circumstances, we talked about how to proceed when we bat, we didn’t bat well, we didn’t create those partnerships, we always knew it wasn’t a 170-180 wicket, we knew 140 was a par here We just couldn’t get the partnerships going.
“If your batters aren’t going to put points on the board, it’s going to be hard to win games constantly. We’ve struggled with our batters this season, I accept that personally. But I don’t want to take anything away from the guys, we’re preparing very good for us. We are just not able to perform in the middle, a bit disappointing. We just want to play the game that we are known for, something is missing in our game. We are not playing to our potential that we are where we are being known for, that is something that is missing from the UAE match. Hopefully in the next two matches we can come out and play as we are known,” Rohit said after the match.
Mumbai Indians take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Tuesday, October 5 in Sharjah.
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