Mumbai Indians narrowly missed out on sealing the tournament opener of IPL 2021 as they went down fighting, losing the contest by 2 wickets. Rohit Sharma, the most successful captain in the history of IPL, rued the missed opportunities.
Rohit said the side fell short by 20 odd runs. Mumbai could score just one run in the final over of their inning, posting a modest total of 159/9. The slow nature of the pitch didn’t help matters either as batsmen struggled to get going.
“Great fight, we didn’t let it go easily. Although the score wasn’t something we were happy with. We were 20 short. We made some mistakes, those are bound to happen.” Rohit said post the game. The skipper hinted at lack of intensity but vowed to comeback strong. He said unlike last season, the players haven’t spent much time together and this might be the reason that they might take some time before all is well soon.
Mumbai failed to deliver in the slog overs as Harshal Patel scalped a five-wicket haul. The top-order found themselves among runs but the likes of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya struggled to put the finishing touch. Jasprit Bumrah and Co. were right on the money, however, the side just couldn’t keep the RCB batters in a shackle which costed them the game.