Abu Dhabi. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma, who made his move to the playoffs with a six-wicket win over Punjab Kings, praised the batting of Saurabh Tiwary, who was included in the team in place of Ishan Kishan. Tiwary played an important role in winning the team with an innings of 45 runs in 37 balls after the fall of two wickets for 16 runs. With his innings, Mumbai achieved the target of 136 runs for victory with six balls to spare. The team has moved from 7th to 5th in the point table (IPL 2021).
Rohit Sharma said after the victory, ‘Keeping Ishaan out was a difficult decision, but we felt that the team needed a change. He is a brilliant young player and the doors are not closed for him. Saurabh Tiwary had scored a half-century against Chennai and even today he batted intelligently in the middle overs. Captain Rohit was happy to return to the rhythm of Hardik Pandya, who scored an unbeaten 40 in the match. He said, ‘Hardik had a good time on the pitch, it is a good sign for the future.’
Kishan could not score a single half-century
Young wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan has not been able to perform well in all the three matches played in the UAE so far. He has scored 34 runs in 3 innings. In 8 matches of the current IPL season, he has been able to score only 107 runs at an average of 13. His biggest score was 28 runs. The strike rate is only 87. Last year, he scored a lot of runs in UAE. He scored 516 runs in 14 matches at an average of 57. 4 half-centuries were also scored. The strike rate was 146.
I am ready for any situation
Kieran Pollard, who became the man of the match by making a significant contribution with the ball and bat, said that he is ready for every situation. Pollard completed 300 wickets in T20 cricket along with taking two wickets for eight runs in this match. He said, I try to do my best when I get a chance to bowl. 300 wickets in T20 is very important for me. I am ready for any situation.
we needed 170 runs
Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul said that his batsmen disappointed by scoring few runs. He said, ‘The bowlers fought well, but we did not score enough runs on the score board. It was one of the best pitches we’ve played here. We should have scored 170 runs. He said that the team will now need luck with better performance.