Jasprit Bumrah's effort was special but batters let us down: Rohit Sharma

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09 May 2022 | 06:59 PM
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Jasprit Bumrah's effort was special but batters let us down: Rohit Sharma

Barring Ishan Kishan, who scored 52 off 43 balls, no one could stand the fire and skipper Rohit Sharma rued that the most

Jasprit Bumrah bowled one of the finest death over in the IPL history, becoming only the fifth player to have bowled a triple-wicket maiden over. He complimented that with another stunning 20th over to restrict the Knight Riders 165/9. A target of 166 was never going to be difficult even for a struggling side like Mumbai but the batters, as has been the story in the entire season, failed to stand up, resulting in a 42-run loss. Barring Ishan Kishan, who scored 52 off 43 balls, no one could stand the fire and skipper Rohit Sharma rued that the most.

"Bumrah was special today. But I'm disappointed with the way we batted. I thought it was a par score on that pitch but it was a little poor from the bat from us," a disappointed Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

"We're playing our fourth game here so we know what to expect from a pitch like that. There were a few balls that took off, but that happens. We know seam bowlers will get help, but we didn't bat well, didn't get partnerships and that was something missing from our side today.

"That's been the story for us. The consistent performance from both departments has been missing," he added.

Kolkata Knight Riders, who were tottering at the ninth position on the points table before this clash, made five changes to their playing XI and that reaped immediate rewards. Given they were in a do-or-die situation, captain Shreyas Iyer is happy for the side.

"Very pleased because after losing the last game by a big margin, feels good to come back and win by a big margin is nice. We had a nice start in the powerplay and Venky (Venkatesh Iyer) targeted bowlers well. I personally felt that it wasn't easy to start for a new batter.

"When we went into bowl, the plan was to hit the right areas and not give room. The win was comprehensive, and when I spoke to the players, they were pumped up to win the game today. I'm not satisfied (totally) but want to maintain this," Iyer said.

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