Mumbai Indians faced their fourth defeat in five games post the resumption of IPL in UAE. Having won the last game against Punjab Kings (PBKS), the Rohit Sharma-led side would have expected to carry on the momentum against Delhi Capitals (DC) as well. However, that was not the case to be as their batters let them down once again. Having posted just 129 on the board, Mumbai bowlers bowled their heart out but the runs were too less to defend. Despite few hiccups, Shreyas Iyer helped Delhi to go past the line with four wickets to spare.
MI skipper Rohit Sharma rued lack of runs from the batters and said they can’t win matches with consistent batting failures. “We didn’t bat well. We didn’t create those partnerships. We always knew that it wasn’t a 170-180 wicket, but we knew 140 is a par score here. If your batters are not going to put runs on the board, it will be difficult to win games consistently. We have struggled with our batting this season. I personally accept that,” said Rohit Sharma in the post-match presentation.
The loss meant that the defending champions’ IPL 2021 campaign is in jeopardy. Rohit feels the team has failed to execute the plans on the ground. Mumbai cannot qualify for the playoffs on their own, even if they win both their remaining games. Their chances will depend on how PBKS, KKR and RR play in their remaining games.
“We are preparing very well. We are just not able to execute in the middle, a little disappointing. We just look to play the game we are known to; something’s missing in our game. We are not playing to our potential that we are known for. That is something that is missing in the UAE leg. Hopefully, in the next two games, we can come out and play the way we are known for,” Rohit Sharma added.