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MI’s woes deepen: Hardik Pandya points fingers at batters after IPL 2024 playoff hopes fade

MI’s woes deepen: Hardik Pandya points fingers at batters after IPL 2024 playoff hopes fade

The upcoming matches will be a test of character for MI. Can they defy the odds and salvage some pride, or will they bow out of the tournament with a whimper? Only time will tell.

The dream run, which almost never started, for Mumbai Indians (MI) under Hardik Pandya’s captaincy seems to be over. Their chase of 170 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) fell short by 24 runs, leaving their IPL 2024 playoff hopes hanging by a thread.

Bowling unit shines, Batting falters again

MI bowlers, especially the new recruit Nuwan Thushara – started brilliantly, restricting KKR to a modest total of 170. However, the batting unit, a recurring problem for MI this season, crumbled yet again.

Hardik Pandya blames lack of partnerships

In the post-match interview, Hardik Pandya took responsibility for the loss, highlighting the batting woes vs KKR. “We couldn’t form partnerships and kept losing wickets,” he admitted. “In T20s, if you don’t build partnerships, it will cost you.”

IPL 2024: Season of Disappointments for MI

This defeat marked MI’s eighth loss in just 11 matches, the worst performance by any team this season. Their playoff hopes now rest on a series of improbable events, requiring other teams to lose crucial matches.

Fighting spirit despite challenges: Hardik Pandya

Despite the bleak outlook, Hardik Pandya remains determined. “You keep fighting,” he declared. “Challenges make you better.”

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Can MI Still Make IPL 2024 Playoffs?

Mathematically, a chance remains. However, it hinges on a series of highly unlikely results: top teams like Rajasthan Royals and KKR winning all their remaining games, while other contenders like Lucknow Super Giants and Sunrisers Hyderabad suffer unexpected losses.

The upcoming matches will be a test of character for MI. Can they defy the odds and salvage some pride, or will they bow out of the tournament with a whimper? Only time will tell.

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