IPL 2021: Big relief for struggling Mumbai Indians, ‘Rohit will play vs KKR’ declares Jayawardene

IPL 2021: ‘Rohit will play vs KKR’ declares Mahela Jayawardene
IPL 2021: ‘Rohit will play vs KKR’ declares Mahela Jayawardene

IPL 2021: After suffering a 20-run defeat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene said regular skipper Rohit Sharma will be available for the next game.

IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya had missed out on the match against CSK which was played in Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. “Rohit was batting and doing his running, after coming back from the UK, we probably felt he needed extra few days so he should be fine to play the next game. Hardik was training, had a niggle, so precaution and giving him extra days, not nothing serious,” said Mahela Jayawardene during a virtual post-match conference.

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For CSK, Dwayne Bravo scalped three wickets and Deepak Chahar took two. For Mumbai Indians, Saurabh Tiwary was the highest scorer after playing a knock of 50 runs. With this win, Chennai Super Kings went to the top of the IPL table while Mumbai is now in danger of falling outside the top 4 if they get on a losing streak.

“Well, I think the pitch was not doing much, to be honest, in the second innings, the wicket was pretty good. The odd one sat up a little bit. I agree we probably gave a couple of soft dismissals, we probably needed someone to take responsibility and bat through the innings which we did not do. That was the difference with CSK with Ruturaj Gaikwad doing that for them,” said Mahela Jayawardene.

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“Even though they lost wickets there was a set batsman who went till the end. We are disappointed with how we handled the situation,” Mahela Jayawardene added.

IPL 2021:  Talking about Mumbai Indians’ batting, Jayawardene said: “Not really, I mean we struggled in Chennai in the first half as we did not get used to the conditions. Here also, you know, it was not the easiest wicket, but probably needed some application. I put it down to game awareness and taking responsibility. The application out there is something we need to work on.”

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For CSK, Gaikwad had played an unbeaten inning of 88 runs as the MS Dhoni-led outfit posted 156/6 in the allotted twenty overs after being 24/4 inside the powerplay.

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Mumbai Indians will next lock horns against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday.