New Zealand and Mumbai Indians cricketer Mitchell McClenaghan felt very disappointed after suffering a loss against the new IPL team Gujarat Lions on Saturday night in IPL 2016.
After winning the toss, Gujarat Lions sent the home team Mumbai Indians to bat first at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. After that, Mumbai Indians only managed to score 143 after losing 8 wickets in 20 overs. However, Mumbai Indians fought hard as Gujarat Lions required 11 runs in the last over but Gujarat Lions made that in the very last ball with 3 wickets still left.
After suffering at the last ball defeat, McClenaghan said in the post-match press conference, “I’m really disappointed. We swung the game as a fielding side numerous times. We all made a few little mistakes. We tried ourselves to be clinical, but this is something we will definitely be disappointed with.”
When the Kiwi left-arm pacer was asked whether top-order failure made the difference, he replied, “Can’t point out, it’s a game of cricket, it does happen sometimes. It’s got to be a collective effort to win games of cricket. You can’t put the blame on just one area.
In the addition, McClenaghan blamed himself for that loss. He commented, “Personally, I can pinpoint out 4 leg byes and 12 runs from my second and last over. Every single person like I said made a few mistakes and if you are going to win close games against world class players, you can’t afford to do that.”
However, McClenaghan performed very impressively as he took 4 wickets by conceding only 21 runs in his 4 overs quota. But despite his superb bowling performance, his team suffered a defeat in the last ball.
McClenaghan praised Gujarat Lions opener and Australian cricketer Aaron Finch, who remained unbeaten in the match and played a match-winning knock of 67* runs (in 54 balls). Finch received the man of the match award for this performance.
McClenaghan said, “We did some scanning work with Bondy (Shane Bond), Ricky (Ponting) and Rohit (Sharma) the last couple of days. We shut down the scoring zones predominantly, just a shame that we couldn’t get him (Finch) out (laughs). He (Finch) played a very mature knock and showed the class of the player that he is, (was) exceptionally good.”
When McClenaghan was asked about the fast bowler like him relies on short deliveries, he said, “It changes all the time. I’ve been fortunate enough to play a lot of T20 cricket in many different conditions around the world in the last few years. Having experience on different pitches against different types of players, having a full repertoire is what you need as a T20 bowler these days.”