Mumbai Indians sustained a massive dent ahead of the Qualifier game, going down against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Batting first Rohit Sharma & Co managed only 149 runs, which was convincingly chased down by Hyderabad to book their playoff berth.
It was a cakewalk for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the run chase. Since Wriddhiman Saha combined with David Warner as the top, Hyderabad has completely looked like a different side. They meant business once again taking on a relatively weak Mumbai Indians bowling to seal the playoff berth.
Hyderabad dent Mumbai’s confidence
Warner finished off the proceeding with a boundary as he remained unbeaten on 81 runs while Wriddhiman contributed perfectly with an unbeaten 58 to seal the tie.
Earlier in the day, having put in to bat first by David Warner, Mumbai Indians got off to a shaky start as they lost Rohit Sharma early. Sandeep Sharma was the one who got both openers. He was impressive again, just like he was against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Shahbaz Nadeem bowled outstandingly in the middle-overs to control the proceedings.
Worst performance for us so far in IPL 2020 – Rohit Sharma
Ishan Kishan struggled to get going as he used up too many deliveries for his 33, but Kieron Pollard made sure Mumbai get to a respectable total with his cameo towards the end. However, it was not enough to secure a win for his side as Sunrisers Hyderabad progressed through to the playoffs.
Speaking at the end of the game, Rohit Sharma said that they tried out a few things against the Sunrisers which didn’t work in their favour. Along with it, the dew also played a part as Rohit termed it as their worst performance in IPL 2020.
“Not the day we want to remember, probably our worst performance of the season. We wanted to try a few things, it didn’t go our way. We knew dew was going to play a factor and we wanted to take the toss out of contention, but we didn’t play good cricket today,” Rohit Sharma said.
However, Rohit Sharma is confident to come back fresh against Delhi Capitals, whom they play in the qualifier. The Mumbai Indians skipper said that they will go back to the drawing board and figure out the problems and come all guns blazing against Delhi.
“It’s a very funny format. It’s always nice to forget was has happened, and focus on the present. They (Delhi) are a good side, so it will be a good challenge to face them. You want to leave this performance behind as quickly as possible. We’ll get back to the drawing board and figure things out,” Rohit Sharma added.