Abu Dhabi: Even though the Mumbai Indians (MI) started with a defeat in the IPL 2020, this team has made its intentions clear in the match against KKR. Mumbai has registered their first win this season by beating Kolkata’s team by 49 runs. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma played a strong knock of 80 runs in this match and also became the man of the match.
After the victory, captain Rohit Sharma has breathed a sigh of relief for his first win in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is also happy to spend time at the crease after six months.
Rohit said, ‘I had a good practice of playing pull shots. All my shots were very good so cannot say which of my shots was the best. I had not played cricket for more than six months and I wanted to spend some time at the crease. I did not play well in the first match but I am glad that I did it today.
This is the first win in six matches in Mumbai’s UAE. Earlier in 2014, he had lost all five of his matches. Rohit said, ‘Only two players (actually three – Rohit, Kiren Pollard and Jaspreet Bumrah) of the team that lost five matches here in 2014 are in the current team. We focused on implementing our strategy today. The wicket was good and the dew was falling. I am very happy with the performance of the team.
KKR captain Dinesh Karthik said that both his batting and bowling department needed improvement. Apart from this, he said that it was not easy to adjust with the circumstances. Karthik said, ‘I think there are some areas in our batting and bowling departments that need improvement. To be honest, today we were not in rhythm. I do not want to analyze it too much. Players know where they can do better ‘.
He said, ‘Our two players (Pat) Cummins and (Eoin) Morgan had completed their separation today. It is not easy to play in the heat here and adjust with the circumstances.