Last Update on: May 1st, 2022 at 12:25 am
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) won by 5 wickets against Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 44th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai on Saturday, April 30.
Mumbai Indians won the toss and invited the Rajasthan Royals to bat first. RR, with the help of Jos Buttler’s half-century at the top and Ravichandran Ashwin’s 21 runs cameo, in the end, were able to score 158 runs.
While chasing the target Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma got out for 2 and Ishan Kishan got out for 26. In the middle-overs Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma played good knocks. In the end, returning Tim David played an impressive knock and Daniel Sams smashed a six off the last ball to help Mumbai Indians clinch their first victory of the Indian Premier League 2022.
If you keep taking wickets, it’s going to be difficult for them – Rohit Sharma
During the post-match presentation ceremony, the Mumbai Indians captain said that the real potential of Mumbai Indians came out in the match against Rajasthan Royals and he lauded the MI bowling unit for their performance in the match. Rohit asserted:
“I’d definitely take it, that’s how we play, real potential came out today, with the ball especially. They kept applying the pressure. If you keep taking wickets, it’s going to be difficult for them, we did that perfectly today.”
Rohit Sharma mentioned that they fielded a similar kind of playing XI as they fielded against Rajasthan Royals in the first couple of games but they were not confident about the combination because of the back-to-back losses they suffered. He elaborated:
“This is the team we played in the first couple of games except few bowling changes. When you have a season like that, you are not sure of your combination. You want to try out so many things. The conditions are different. The ball tends to grip here, the pitches are flat in the other venues. We try and field the best combination, it hasn’t worked for eight games.”
“But one thing I can say is, we were not blown away by the opposition, we came really close. Had we won those games, things would have been slightly different.”
Rohit Sharma signed off by talking about the spinners Hrithik Shokeen and Kumar Kartikeya and said that they are very courageous. He said:
“Both of these guys, they are courageous, they want to do something special. It gives me the confidence to bowl them at any given stage. We played very well, bowlers came together, batters did the job as well.”
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