Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has said his team lived up to the expectations with its clinical showing in both batting and bowling, which culminated in an eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Also Read - LIVE CRICKET SCORE Ind vs Aus 4th Test Day 5 Today's Match Live Updates Gabba, Brisbane: LIVE: Pant's Heroic Show Leads India to a Historic Win at Gabba
After the bowlers restricted KKR to 148 for five, opener Quinton de Kock blazed his way to 78 off 44 balls to complete the task for Mumbai. Also Read - India's Predicted Squad For England Test Series: Kohli, Ishant Set to Return; Shami, Jadeja And Vihari Unavailable
“(We were) clinical with the ball, clinical with the bat, overall you know, the performance that we were expecting was there,” Rohit said the presentation ceremony. It is always a challenge when you have won four out of four, how you turn on that particular day, it is very important and I thought we turned up really well, right from the start we were there on their faces.” Also Read - IPL Won't be a 10-Team Event as BCCI Plans to Add Just One More Franchise For Now: Report
According to Rohit, he usually takes a backseat when batting with de Kock, who likes to take on the bowlers from the word go. “I enjoy batting with him (De Kock), he is very straightforward on what he wants to do and most of the time I have taken a backseat because he likes to take on the bowlers right from the word go. I probably assess the situation, I have a role to play in the squad and I try and do that more often.”
“But I want Quinny to bat the way he is batting and he shouldn’t be taking any sort of pressure about what the team is expecting from him, as long he keeps doing what he loves to do, we are in good position,” added Rohit.
Rohit said the victory was special as the team chased successfully, which could be the trend in the second half of the tournament. “It gives us a lot of confidence, that has been the trend so far in the first half of the tournament, team batting second have lost many games. So I guess it is changing now, the second half of the tournament, teams batting second will win most of the games, that’s what I feel,” he said.
KKR’s new captain Eoin Morgan conceded that losing early wickets did not help their cause.
“Being four and five down early really cost us, we managed to get a score on the board, but when Mumbai come out and play like that it is difficult to stop momentum.
“… So full credit to them, they played really well and we have got a lot of lessons to learn, particularly with the bat today,” Morgan said.
“The guys fought hard with the ball, but not just enough runs on a wicket like that,” he added.