Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma lauded his bowling unit for yet another brilliant performance that helped the defending champions defend 150 against SunRisers Hyderabad and pick their second win of the season.
Defending 150, Mumbai Indians bowling unit came back brilliantly during the middle-overs after the breathtaking assault that Jonny Bairstow unleashed during the powerplay.
Rohit alluded to the fact that run-scoring in the powerplay is easier as compared to when the ball gets old. He, however, reckoned that there is still room for improvement as far as his sides’ batting in the middle-overs is concerned.
”It was a great effort from the bowling unit. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. On that pitch, when you’re bowling well, it’s not easy. I thought it was a good score on that pitch. You saw from both the teams, trying to capitalize on the powerplay. Having said that, I think we can bat better in the middle overs. All these guys have played a lot of cricket on pitches like these. So, there are areas to work on. At the same time, don’t want to be too harsh on the guys,” said Rohit Sharma.
Batting units have found it extremely difficult to hit the old ball in Chennai. According to Rohit, the slowness of the deck does not allow new batsmen to start slogging from the first ball. He also revealed that reverse-swing was on offer for the pacers while the ball was turning even in the 12th or 13th over, unlike what happens in Mumbai.
“I think the pitch gets slower and slower. Rahul was turning the ball in his fourth over, which was the 12th or 13th over. That doesn’t happen in Mumbai. The ball was reversing as well. The slowishness of the deck doesn’t allow batsmen to come and slog straightaway. One set batter carrying through is needed, which is what’s not happening for all of the teams that have played here,” he added.
In many ways, Kieron Pollard’s unbeaten knock of 22-ball 35 in which he stroked consecutive sixes in the final over to take the total to 150, eventually proved to be the difference between the two sides. And, Rohit Sharma was full of praise for the veteran all-rounder.
Rohit signed off by heaping praise on the fielding effort of his team which was absolutely sensational with Hardik Pandya’s twin direct hits to dismiss David Warner and Abdul Samad being one of the many highlights.
”Polly has done it for so many years for us at the back end. We have the confidence in him. It’s all about him getting some time in the middle. Our fielding was really good tonight, that’s something we take pride in. Those run outs and also the catches,” he signed off.