Mumbai Indians faced their second loss in a row following a poor batting performance in Chepauk yet again. Rohit Sharma scored a grueling fifty, but the team were not able to back it, especially during the death overs. Following a culmination of their Chennai leg, skipper Rohit Sharma had his say over the team’s batting display.
After being sent into bat first, Mumbai Indians registered their second-ever lowest powerplay score. It was an uphill battle since which was led by Rohit Sharma from the front.
Despite the skipper’s valiant innings, the middle order could not step up, leading to a below-par total of 131.
PBKS, led by the composure of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle safely attained the target with more than 2 overs to spare and nine wickets in hand.
During the post-match presentation, the Hitman asserted that it was a good surface to bat, but it requires application by the batsmen.
“Not enough runs. I still feel it is not a bad wicket to bat on. You saw how Punjab Kings batted and won the game with 9 wickets in hand. It is just the application which is missing in our batting. If you get 150-160 on this wicket then you are always in the game, that is something we failed to do in the last two games,” Sharma said
The skipper also shed praise on the PBKs bowlers for their exploits in the powerplay and claimed that there is something missing in the Mumbai Indians batting lineup.
“Something is missing in our batting line-up, we are not able to bat 20 overs in the fashion we want and something that we have to look at and see what we can do,” he added
With scores of 159, 152, 150, 137, and 130, out of which none are chases, the defending champions will have to reassess their batting arsenal which might fire from now onwards given a change in the venue.
The defending champions walk away with two wins out of five matches at the Chepauk and will play Rajasthan Royals at the Arn Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, where they will play a total of four matches.
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