Rajasthan Royals (RR) finally turned things into their favour beating Mumbai Indians (MI) by four wickets at the Wankhede Stadium. Following their defeat, Rohit Sharma credited the Rajasthan team for being the better team and played good cricket.
Batting first, Mumbai Indians posted 187 runs at the end of 20 overs. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock batted really to give a good start. They added 96 runs for the first wicket in just 10.5 overs. Since then, the Rajasthan Royals bowlers pulled things back, but a late cameo from Hardik Pandya ensured they end with high morale. In pursuit, Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler added 60 runs to set the tone for the chase. Although Rahane departed, Buttler carried on the excellent work to keep his side on track. Even though Mumbai Indians got rid of Buttler, Shreyas Gopal ensured they go home safely.
Rajasthan played better cricket today: Rohit
Speaking at the end of the game, Rohit Sharma credited Rajasthan Royals for being the better team. The Mumbai skipper also added they tried everything but things didn’t work for them well. He also added that with dew settling in, they had a good score to defend but failed to pick early wickets which hurt them badly.
“I think credit goes to RR, they played well. Put us under pressure with the bat, Jos played an exceptional knock. We tried everything, but things didn’t work out well. Without dew, 175+ is a good score, I thought we had a decent score to defend. We failed to take early wickets and on a track like Wankhede, it always becomes tough,” Rohit said at the end of the match.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians now have a headache of plenty with Lasith Malinga in the squad. Rohit Sharma said it is a good thing and also backed Alzarri Joseph saying that it was just a bad day and things didn’t go as per the plan.
“It’s a good headache to have such players in the squad. Lasith has been a match-winner for us, Alzarri has bowled well, it wasn’t just his day. Buttler played him well and even the yorkers were converted into runs, one of those days where things didn’t go well as planned,” he concluded.