Tim David and Daniel Sams were the two biggest heroes of the win for Mumbai Indians (MI) against Gujarat Titans (GT). David played an impactful cameo of 44 runs, while Sams successfully defended nine runs in the last over. Both of them did an interview for the IPL website after this thrilling win.
Tim David described how he felt on the last ball of the match. The Singapore-based all-rounder thought that ball had slipped out of hands of Daniel Sams and it’s going to be beamer. “I was at long on and I thought, ‘No, that slipped out of his hand with a dew and we’re cooked here!’ But then it just dipped halfway down. It was a great feeling.” said Tim David.
In this interview, Daniel Sams discussed about his plans for David Miller and Rahul Tewatia in the last over. Sams said that he wanted to bowl slower balls, away from the arc of the batsman. This was the reason, Sams kept on bowling wide of off stump.
“Going into that over, preplanning against Miller and Tewatia, we were going to go wide and slow. I tried to get as close to that wide line as I could. When we got that run-out (Tewatia) that was quite handy. With Rashid Khan it was always going to be slower ball bouncer into the wicket. I was bowling quite similar so I decided to go a bit fuller so that he doesn’t sit back and hit it,” added Daniel Sams.
Two run-outs didn’t help us – Hardik Pandya
Losing captain Hardik Pandya believes that two run outs completely changed the fate of game. Hardik said that in T20 cricket you can’t keep on losing wickets at regular intervals. Gujarat captain also praised his bowlers for restricting Mumbai Indians below a total of 200.
“We’ll take 9 runs in the last over on any given day, but the two run-outs didn’t help us. In T20 cricket you can’t keep losing back-to-back wickets, it pushes you back. It’s one of the games where we ended on the losing side. We kind of played 19.2 or 19.3 overs of good cricket, but losing wickets didn’t help us like I said before. At one point I thought they would post more than 200, but our bowlers did well to restrict them.” said Hardik in post match presentation.
Written by Harsh Gupta