IPL 2020 | KXIP vs MI: 'What experts said' as clinical performance see Rohit Sharma’s men breeze past the Kings

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh

Author| Oct 1, 7:15 PM

Krunal Pandya celebrating the key wicket of Karun Nair with captain Rohit Sharma (Courtesy- IPL)
Krunal Pandya celebrating the key wicket of Karun Nair with captain Rohit Sharma (Courtesy- IPL)

As rightly pointed out by the Kings Xi Punjab’s captain KL Rahul during the post-match presentation today, his team could have really had three wins out of four games. But it’s not to be as they suffered another defeat, this time around, more comprehensively beaten with no chance to blame anything but themselves for it. 

Mumbai Indians deflated all air about the Kings batting as they restricted them for just 143/8 after posting a daunting 192 in the first innings, resulting in a huge 48 run victory for them in Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, the venue for the game. This win once again established the fact that the teams batting first will be the winners in this IPL season. 

Captains’ Viewpoint:

Talking about the game, the winning captain Rohit Sharma said, “(It) was a great win. We didn't start really well, but we always knew with the kind of attack Punjab had we wanted to capitalize.”

The Mumbaikar further praised his two finishers in Hardik Pandya and West Indian Kieron Pollard saying that, those ‘two guys they back themselves to get the runs.’ He further said, “It's nice to have them in form as well.”

The 33-year-old credited his bowlers for hitting the right length, saying it is never easy bowling against a batting line-up as strong as that of the Kings. 

“It wasn't going to be easy with the ball against KXIP batting line-up. We knew we had to get early wickets and everything went to plan, credit to the bowlers,” Rohit said.  

“The last game the execution wasn't exactly right at the death with the ball. So we discussed and wanted to improve,” he added.  

Talking about his own batting, Sharma said, “(It) feels nice to get the runs, but the two points matter more.”

KL Rahul, the KXIP skipper on the other hand was bitterly disappointed with the third loss in four games and said that he would look to make a comeback. 

“Looking back, we could've been three wins out of four. This game, we made some mistakes. Important we come back stronger,” he said. 

Lamenting on the fact that the Kings gave away 89 runs in the last five overs, Rahul wished to have an extra bowling option. “Another bowling option would be nice - an all-rounder option who can bat and bowl well,” he said.  

The orange cap went to Mayank Agarwal from himself, commenting on that, the skipper said that he was happy as long as the cap stayed with a Kings player.

“Until and unless that orange cap stays with Kings XI I'm happy. He's (Agarwal) worked very hard and deserves that cap. I'm sure I'll take it off him soon,” concluded the Bengaluru born. 

Expert Opinion:

Ashish Nehra and Irfan Pathan, two former Indian fast bowlers believed that KL Rahul was not up to the mark as a captain, especially with his choice of bowlers and the order of finishing their quota. These former TV stars also believed that it was the pressure of bad captaincy that Rahul carried throughout his stay at the crease and hence was not able to play freely. 

The 'GOD' of cricket praised the Mumbai Indians saying that they were clinical in all the departments and therefore deserved the win.  He particularly praised the spinners of the Mumbai team, Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya. 

  

Veteran journalist Joy Bhattacharya took to appreciate Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai captain, saying that he has utilized all the chances that he got and therefore deserved the credit that he is getting. 


Famous cricket journalist, Vimal Kumar termed this matchup between the two parties as one of the worst games this season, showing his concern to the fact that people are getting very fewer thriller games. 


Another veteran journalist and cricket writer, Boria Majumdar termed the failure of the Kings' middle order, especially Glenn Maxwell as the prominent reason for the team's defeat. 


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  • Rohit Sharma
  • Lokesh Rahul
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Kieron Pollard
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Rahul Chahar
  • Krunal Pandya
  • PBKS
  • MI
  • IPL 2020
  • Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

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