One has to certainly question the very basics of the Mumbai Indians on Tuesday night, in their embarrassing loss to the Rising Pune Supergiant at the Wankhede Stadium.
An absolutely dismal batting performance from the Mumbai Indians saw the side collapsing like a pack of cards against an inspired Rising Pune Supergiant outfit. First and foremost, dropping a seasoned campaigner and proven champion like Harbhajan Singh for the all-important clash, in conditions which would have suited him, was the perfect recipe for disaster.
Despite the Pune batsmen finishing off in style, thanks to that man, MS Dhoni once again, the score of 163 shouldn’t have been an issue for table toppers Mumbai Indians. But the tight off-spin of Washington Sundar turned out to be a massive hurdle for the hosts, as the young off-spinner broke Mumbai’s spine in the run chase.
The hosts eventually fell short by 20 runs and now head to Bangalore to face the winner of the first eliminator. The side would be hoping to erase this game from their minds ahead of their next game. Post the loss, skipper Rohit Sharma pointed out the poor batting performance as the reason behind the loss.
“I think 160 was below par, to be honest. Having seen the scores chased at Wankhede, I think 160 was below par,” said Rohit. “I thought we didn’t bat well. Our worst performance of the season so far. We need to build small partnerships when we are chasing. We always knew the wicket will play slow. I think it was not a flat wicket where you can play shots on the rise. I think RPS bowlers really bowled well.”
“Losing wickets in the middle is very tough. The shot becomes very important. You need to understand the situation and the conditions. And respect them. We need to go back to the basics. Take the game till the end. We didn’t and lost by 20 runs. We have lost games before. It is not the end of the world. We are gonna go back and see what we can do in Bangalore,” Rohit said.