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1 Aug 2021
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has expressed disappointment on not qualifying for the playoffs in this edition of the Indian Premier League and admitted that the conditions in UAE weren’t alien as the side had lifted the trophy last year at the same venue.
"We had won the trophy here [in the UAE] last year, so the conditions were not alien for us," Rohit said during the post-match conference.
"When we came here, some of our first XI players had a few injuries and missed a couple of games initially. Despite that, we should have done better, but we just didn't play as a team to start with, and then collectively as a group, we didn't come together. That was the main reason for not qualifying this year,” he added.
MI needed to win their final league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad by a huge margin of 171 runs which eventually didn’t happen.
The Mumbai side and especially Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav unleashed a batting masterclass to post 235/9 in 20 overs. While Ishan struck a 32-ball 84, Suryakumar chipped in with 82 off 40 deliveries during the course.
Later, the bowlers had an uphill task as they had to bundle out SRH for 65 or lesser total for the qualification which didn’t happen eventually but the Rohit Sharma-led side ended the campaign with a win by 42 runs.
SRH were restricted to 193/8 in 20 overs after stand-in captain Manish Pandey scored an unbeaten 69 off 41.