IPL 2019: The Way Rishabh Pant Batted, We Have To Give It To Him: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians were given an early reality check on Sunday when a new-look Delhi Capitals beat them by 37 runs.
Mumbai Indians rarely looked in contention to chase down an imposing total of 214. They lost their skipper Rohit Sharma for just 14 runs before Suryakumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock joined him in the hut too, leaving Mumbai reeling at 45 for 3. From that point, Mumbai never looked in contention to even challenge Delhi. Veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh fought a lone battle and scored a fighting fifty but it eventually went in vain. Mumbai Indians were finally bowled out for 176 with four balls remaining.
Earlier in the match, Delhi Capitals posted a mammoth total of 213 for 6. Asked to bat first, the visitors were off to a shaky start, losing opener Prithvi Shaw and opener Shreyas Iyer for just 29 runs on the board. Shikhar Dhawan and Colin Ingram then made sure that Mumbai do not make further inroads in the game. The two added 83 runs for the third wicket to lay the foundation for a final flourish and Rishabh Pant fully capitalised on it. He smashed an unbeaten 77 off just 28 deliveries with the help of 7 fours and seven sixes to power Delhi to a winning total.
Speaking after the game, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma said:
“First game is always challenging for most of the teams. We made a lot of mistakes today. We were in the game in the first 10 over while bowling but the way Rishabh batted we have to give it to him.
“There are lot of new guys in the squad and understanding takes a bit of time. We had 6 bowling options today. We didn’t play another spinner because I thought pitch will do something for the pacers. The combination might change in the next match that will depend on the opposition. I think the pitch was good. It was coming onto the bat. Nobody scored a big score. Yuvi batted brilliantly. If someone would have made 70+ in the top four then we would have been close,” he added.
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