Skipper Rohit Sharma has said that the Mumbai Indians’ batted well but could not hold their nerves which resulted in a couple of crucial run-outs that eventually led to their 12-run defeat to Punjab Kings in Match 23 of IPL 2022 at the MCA Stadium here.
Invited to bat first, brilliant fifties by Shikhar Dhawan (70 off 50) and Mayank Agarwal (52 off 32) powered Punjab Kings to 198/5 in 20 overs. Apart from Shikhar and Mayank’s superb hitting at the top, Jitesh Sharma (30 off 15) and Shahrukh Khan (15 not out off 6) gave a late flourish to Punjab’s innings at lower down the order.
In response, Mumbai Indians were reduced to 32/2 after 4.1 overs but recovered well thanks to a big partnership between two youngsters — Tilak Varma (36 off 20) and Dewald Brevis (49 off 25) — to be to 105/2 at the end of the 10th over. Suryakumar Yadav (43) then propelled them further towards the target before he was out in the 19th over and Mumbai Indians eventually finished at 186/9 to lose by 12 runs.
Sharma said the untimely run-outs of Tilak Varma and seasoned batter Kieron Pollard (10) harmed his team’s chances.
“I thought we played the game pretty well, came pretty close towards the back end of our batting innings. It’s just that a couple of crucial run-outs there were not needed, but that happens. At one stage we were cruising through and keeping up with the run rate as well, but in the end, we couldn’t hold our nerves. Credit to Kings with the way they bowled at the back end,” Sharma said after the match on Wednesday night.
After losing four matches in a row, Mumbai Indians reshuffled their batting order for the clash with Punjab Kings but in the end, a win still eluded them. Sharma said by changing the batting order by sending Dewald Brevis at No. 3, the team was trying different things.
“If you’re not winning games, you’ve got to try to find a way you can succeed as a team as a batting group. So we’re trying to find different ideas, different thought processes. It doesn’t seem to be working at the moment but I don’t want to take anything away from the guys.
“We fought pretty well. We batted brilliantly, but they held their nerves pretty good, the Kings, and they won the game,” he said.
Sharma said the reason for Mumbai Indians’ current predicament is that they have not been playing good cricket for a while. Mumbai had missed the play-offs spot in IPL 2021 and the way things are going, getting into the top four looks like an uphill task for this season too.
“We’ve been not playing good cricket for a while and that’s why we’ve been on the losing side, simple as that. The Kings batted pretty well up front and put pressure on our bowlers, got a 90-100 run partnership to begin with. But I thought 190+ was chaseable on that pitch because that pitch was really good to bat on as you saw when we were batting as well,” he added.
Sharma said the only thing left for them now is that they “just have to go back and see what we do as a team.”
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With the Brazilian and Argentinian players lining up for national anthems, the camera turned towards the stands as a section of rival fans exchanged blows. The local police officials could be seen beating up a section of Argentinian fans with batons and it did not go well with the tourists. By pointing at the violent scenes, Messi and co. decided to walk off the pitch.
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Pakistan cricket fans were left ruing their luck at the toss as it fell in England’s favour at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. With Jos Buttler winning the toss marking the end of Pakistan’s campaign at the showpiece event, netizens have relentlessly trolled Babar Azam and his men for losing the contest at the toss.
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As things stand, the target for Pakistan will get bigger and the overs will keep diminishing. Pakistan fans were already irked as Babar was excluded among the list of captains during the light show at the Gateway of India in Mumbai on Thursday. It’s worth noting that Pakistan haven’t qualified for the 50-over World Cup semi-finals since the 2011 edition.
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CWC 2023: South Africa vs Australia Semi-Final To Be Shifted To Mumbai If Pakistan Reach Knockouts, Confirm ICC Sources
The ODI World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia will be shifted to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai if Pakistan qualify for the knockouts, sources in the International Cricket Council confirmed to the Free Press Journal on Thursday.
If Pakistan manage to reach the semis then they will face arch-rivals India once again in this tournament. In that case, the semi-final will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 15.
But if Pakistan don’t reach the semis then India will face either New Zealand or Afghanistan in Mumbai and South Africa will take on Australia in Kolkata as per the original schedule.India are scheduled to play their semifinal match in Mumbai only if they don’t face Pakistan. The Men in Green have refused to play in Mumbai due to security reasons.
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But Pakistan’s qualification depends on the result of the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka which is being played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.
If New Zealand manage to beat Sri Lanka by a comfortable margin then Pakistan’s qualification will take a hit even if they defeat England in their last league game. A loss against the defending champions in Kolkata on November 11 will automatically knockout Pakistan from the race for the semis.
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