At 78/0 after 9 overs, Mumbai Indians found themselves in a position of ascendancy in the clash against Kolkata Knight Riders, an opposition against whom they have a formidable record. However, one wicket brought another and suddenly, Mumbai found themselves in a room lack of oxygen as the runs started to dry at both ends.
However, from a position of ascendancy, the franchise eventually dug their way out to only eventually put on 155 runs at the conclusion of the first innings, a total that looked totally underwhelming. In the post-match presentation, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma admitted that the five-time champions failed to capitalize on their quick-start with the bat.
“Few areas (went wrong). We started really well but didn't get enough towards the back end. I thought it was a good pitch, we failed to capitalize on the start we got and we didn't bowl well at the start. I don't want to look into it too much, things can happen and you have to move on,” Rohit insisted in the post-match presentation.
Twice in two games, Mumbai have found themselves in similar position after great starts, which irked the skipper Rohit. While MI have perennially been slow starters in the league, Rohit revealed that they can’t afford to get complacent and lose their way on the points table.
“After a good start we had to get small partnerships but we kept losing wickets at regular intervals, it is not easy for new batters to go in and start hitting the ball. It is something that happened in the last game as well and we will address it. It is always there at the back of the mind on where you stand, we are still in the middle of the table, so we have to get back and fight and hopefully get some wins on the trot.”
With that loss, Mumbai have slipped their way to fifth on the points table, with their next fixture against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday (September 26).