Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said on Thursday the defending champions “badly needed” the victory over the Rajasthan Royals after some setbacks in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Kock opener Quinton returned to form with a dazzling 50-ball 70 as the Mumbai Indians beat the Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in the day’s opener here. Krunal Pandya exploded at 39 out of 26 bullets.
“We really needed this victory after a few losses. We did everything right today, from the first balloon, and very clinical towards the end as well. The individuals took on the responsibilities entrusted to them, it was a collective effort, ”Rohit said during the presentation ceremony.
“The guys were positive when they heard we were going to Delhi, because it was a good ground, not like Chennai!”
The MI captain praised his bowlers for their economic performance over the last few overs.
“I thought the bowlers were doing the job for us. In the last 7 overs we have given about 50 runs with 7 seven wickets in hand for them.
“Playing the conditions is very important. We knew we were going to play on good grounds after Chennai. We didn’t adapt well as a team there, but that said, it looks like from here the pitch is fine for us.
Batted, Rajasthan rolled a 42 by skipper Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler’s 41 to post a competitive 171 for four, but their efforts were eclipsed by de Kock, who hit six fours and two maxes to finish the task in 18.3 overs at the Arun. Jaitley Stadium.
Rohit added: “There is a lot of talk around us because there is a way we want to play. It’s very easy to go down when you know they are 110 in 12 overs, it’s very easy to lose confidence. But we stuck to our plans.
“Very happy with Quinny’s shot, we know how good he can be. Not to mention Krunal’s innings as well.
RR captain Sanju Samson estimated they were missing 20-25 points from a total that could have stretched Mumbai.
“We were missing a few points, 20-25 short. We have built it well and have not capitalized. I think they had a very decent bowling team, we also have a good bowling team. It’s just that our hitters are performing a little more and I’m sure we will, ”said Samson.
“So far our bowlers have done a good job. Our bowlers did well but it was a good wicket. It’s just about scoring more. The process to achieve this is to support ourselves and play cricket in a positive way. “