Dubai: Mumbai Indians’ decision not to send Ishan Kishan, who is batting aggressively against RCB, to bat in the Super Over may have surprised many but the team’s head coach Mahela Jayawardene defended this strategy While saying that he had confidence in his experienced players that he would complete the work.
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Chasing the target of 202 runs given by RCB, Mumbai team returned due to the innings of wicketkeeper batsman Kishan (99) and Kieron Pollard (60). The result of the match however came from a super over where the defending champions team decided to send Hardik Pandya along with Pollard. However, this strategy failed and Navdeep Saini’s team could muster only 7 runs and lost the match. Jayawardene said that Kishan was feeling tired after playing a long innings.
The Sri Lankan coach said in the press conference after the match, ‘If you could see then he (Kishan) was very tired at that time and we were thinking that we need some fresh players who can play big shots. It is easy to say later but Pollard and Hardik have done a good job in the Super over in the past, 2 experienced players who are capable of doing the work.
The coach said, ‘You have to take a risk about these decisions and they can go in anyone’s favor. If we had scored 10 or 12 runs, anything could have happened. Jayawardene has confessed that even for a bowler of ability like Jaspreet Bumrah, defending 7 runs was extremely difficult. He said, “In the super over we could not score runs on three balls, this is where we lost. We lost the wicket and then played 2 balls empty.
Jayawardene said that he had lost wickets early so the message for Kishan was to take the match to the end. “In the middle overs, we wanted him to bat till the end.” We knew that he could put his bowlers under pressure so the message for him was to stay till the end as we lost a few wickets. He did a great job and also took risks, he played some great shots. The partnership between him and Pollard was excellent and they almost won us over.