18 Nov

We only have ourselves to blame, says Rohit Sharma after humiliating loss vs SRH

first_imgMumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma expressed his disappointment with the batsmen as they failed to chase down a paltry total of 118 against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.The Mumbai bowlers bowled brilliantly to bowl the Hyderabad side for 118 from 18.4 overs on a slow track but with the batting prowess that the defending champions possessed, it was expected that it will be an easy chase for the Mumbaikars. But, the Billy Stanlake and Bhuvneshwar Kumar-less Sunrisers came all guns blazing and bowled Mumbai out for 87 — to equal their lowest-ever total in the Indian Premier League.ALSO READ: Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar, Wankhede Stadium sings for Master BlasterMumbai lost their first three wickets for 21 inside the first six overs but Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya forged a 40-run stand between them to keep the current champions floating. But, once Rashid Khan got the better of the elder Pandya, it was downward spiral for them. The Afghan tightened the noose further and the pacers kept taking wickets to leave Mumbai reeling in their chase. MI were eight down for 81 and it was all on Hardik Pandya to take his side home but he feel too while trying to pull a Basil Thampi ball in the 18th over and after that, MI could only add six more runs to their total before getting all-out for 87 and losing the match by 31 runs.With the win, Sunrisers became to defend the lowest total at the Wankhede. It was also the second-lowest total defended in the history of the tournament. The lowest (116) was by Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab in 2009.advertisementAn exceptional bowling attack with outstanding performance from all bowlers ensuring our first win at Wankhede over the #MI Paltans with a margin of 31 runs defending the low score from 1st Innings.#MIvSRH #IPL2018 pic.twitter.com/W2DTVgXnHzSunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 24, 2018Speaking about the match, Rohit expressed his disappointment with the batsmen, who failed to take them over the line in an easy chase.”We have got ourselves to blame. We should chase down 118 on any wicket, we didn’t show character, the Sunrisers did. Very happy with the way we bowled, they did a brilliant job, but the batsmen let us down once again,” said Rohit.”There are so many points that I can talk about, but don’t want to pinpoint faults now. We needed to show some intent, which we failed today,” he added.However, he also pointed out that the pitch didn’t help them much as it got tougher and tougher to bat but some of the shots played were also bad.”We knew it was a tough chase, shot making wasn’t easy, we wanted to have intent at the start. They bowled at the right areas, kept us guessing and we couldn’t recover. Few of us played some bad shots, including myself,” said the Mumbai Indians captain.With the loss now, Mumbai remain seventh on the table while Sunrisers moved up to the No. 3 spot on the points tally.last_img

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