Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma praised his batsmen and bowlers for the first qualifier, leading the victory by 57 runs against Delhi Capitals (DC) in his team’s best performance so far. Mumbai’s team has reached the finals, now it is one step away from the 5th title. But during the match, Kiwi paceman Trent Bolt was injured. Bolt, who gave two blows in the first over to Delhi, chased a target of 201 runs, was able to throw two overs. Captain Rohit has hoped that he will be fine till the final.
Rohit said, ‘I believe this is our best performance ever. The way we showed our intentions. The way Dickton (Quinton) and Surya (Suryakumar Yadav) batted after losing wickets in the second over. The way we finished and then bowled brilliantly. ‘ Mumbai scored 200 for 5 wickets after being invited to bat first. For him, Suryakumar Yadav (51) and Ishan Kishan (55 not out) scored half-centuries, while Dickock scored 40 and Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten 37 off 14 balls. After this Jaspreet Bumrah took 4 wickets for 13 runs and Trent Boult took 2 wickets for 9 runs in 2 overs and allowed Delhi to score 143 runs for 8 wickets.
Rohit said, ‘We never set the goal in mind. We are different teams and play differently. We want to play according to the circumstances. I was dismissed in the second over, but Dickock and Surya turned the tables towards us. We never wanted his hand to be heavy. ‘ He said, “Ishaan is in great form and that’s why we wanted him to play positively. The message for him was clear that he should not pressurize himself. Being such a diverse team, I have the option to change the batting order and rotate the bowlers.
Bolt was able to do 2 overs due to injury (groin injury), but Rohit praised him and Bumrah fiercely. He said, ‘Trent is feeling good. There is a big match right now and we want them fit for the next match. I am confident that he will be on the field on November 10. ‘ Rohit said, “When you have a bowler like Bumrah, things become easy. Bumrah and Bolt are in excellent form. He bowled according to our strategy and for that he deserves praise.
Man of the Match Bumrah said, ‘I don’t think about taking wickets. I have been given a role and I focus on playing it well. Given the dew, it was important to take wickets initially. I never ignore the result. Whenever I did this, I found it difficult. ‘ Talking about bowling with Bolt, he said, ‘I am bowling with Trent for the first time. Our conversation is very good. He is a skilled bowler. We talk about bowling differently and bowling under different circumstances.