Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma had nothing but praise for his team for putting up an excellent fightback" against Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai on Tuesday (April 13). Mumbai came back strongly in the last 10 overs of the match to defend a below-par total of 152 against KKR who managed only 20 runs in the last five overs.
"It was an excellent fightback by each one of them. You don't see a game like this often. We will take lots of confidence from this game as we move forward," Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
The MI skipper called the win a complete team effort on a difficult track.
"KKR batted brilliantly in the Powerplay. Rahul (Chahar) came and got us crucial wickets in the middle. Krunal (Pandya) bowling those overs at the end was vital as well. It was a complete team effort and credit to all the bowlers. As batters, you need to carry on. The trend in Chennai is you can't hit from ball one. You have to plan before you go into bat. We were 15-20 runs short," he said.
"We need to understand how we need to bat at the death but I don't want to take anything away from the boys. SKY has carried his form well. He plays fearless and it's a positive sign for us in the first few overs. We need a guy there to do that."
Kolkata needed 31 off 30 deliveries with six wickets in hand and still managed to lose by 10 runs. KKR skipper Eoin Morgan was unhappy that his team didn't play "bold cricket" in the final 10 overs.
"Yes, disappointing (to lose). We played some really good cricket for most parts of the game, we looked comfortable in the chase, but they are a strong team, came back well and sad that it didn't work out for us," he said.
"We made a few mistakes and will need to sort that out. A perfect game needs to be bold, it came to cost us in the last 10 overs of the game.
"We needed to bat around and complete the chase - not quite sure what happened (speaking if the pitch tended to go slow in the second innings), in the games that have been played so far, barring AB de Villiers in the chase (in the RCB v MI game), that seems to be telling a tale (of teams struggling in the run-chase)."
(With inputs from PTI)