- Mumbai Indians lost their 2nd match in IPL 2021
- Mumbai Indian’s batting order destroyed by Amit Mishra
- Mumbai Indians, however, dragged the match until the final over
After suffering a six-wicket loss at the hands of Delhi Capitals in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Mumbai Indians all-rounder Jayant Yadav said that his side showed a lot of character to drag the match into the final over during the chase.
Delhi Capitals’ leg-spinner Amit Mishra spun a web over Mumbai Indians before Shikhar Dhawan and Steve Smith played knocks of 45 and 33 respectively as the Delhi based franchise registered a win at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday night.
Mishra had picked four wickets to help Delhi Capitals restrict Mumbai Indians to 137/9 and basically destroyed Mumbai Indians’ batting order.
In the middle overs, Mumbai Indians lost 4 wickets after adding just 8 runs to the scoreboard.
In the last 2 overs of Delhi Capitals’ inning they needed just 15 runs and Shimron Hetmyer and Lalit Yadav made sure their side did not falter at the end.
Additionally, Jasprit Bumrah’s two no-balls in the penultimate over made the job a lot easier for the batsmen.
During a virtual press conference, Jayant Yadav said, “It was a tough wicket, we were 10-15 runs short of the par score, there was a lot of dew and we showed a lot of character to drag the match to the last over.
“I think IPL is a tournament where you need to be on your toes, there is a squad of 25 players but at the end of the day, only 11 come to the field. You have to buy into what the captain and management want from you.
“As I said IPL is a long tournament and you have to prepare accordingly”.
When asked about the difficultly of bowling with a wet ball, Jayant said: “I think it’s not up to us to change the ball. We can tell the umpires that the ball is wet and it is up to them whether they want to change the ball or not.
“Umpires need to see whether the ball is wet or not. In the match against Delhi, it did get quite wet. One ball was in continuous use for a long time so that’s why it was very wet.”
Mumbai Indians were cruising towards what could have been a mammoth total having scored 55 runs in the first 6 overs of the match, however, Mishra was quick to respond and wreaked havoc and dismantled the batting order removing Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, and also Ishan Kishan.
Jayant also said that as professional players, everyone now needs to adjust to the need of the hour.
Jayant said, “Bubble life is something we need to get used to as professionals given the current situation of the pandemic.
“Our management has made bubble taking players into consideration, we have families around and we have them to give us company, at the end of the day we are professionals, big thanks to BCCI that the tournament is going on”.