Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma revealed that a physically drained Ishan Kishan struggled to come out to bat again for the Super Over after his team went down to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the one-over eliminator on Monday.
Kishan, who played his first game of the season on Monday, scored 99 off 58 balls to help Mumbai tie the game in a thrilling 202-run chase at the Dubai Cricket Stadium in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Rohit said, “[Kishan] was drained out and he was not comfortable for the Super Over. He was not feeling fresh and Hardik [Pandya] is someone we trust hitting the long balls.”
MI managed just seven from the Super Over and Virat Kohli’s RCB chalked up the runs for its second win in three games. “Seven runs, you have to have luck on your side and get a wicket in the first two balls. And that unfortunate edge over fine leg made it two in two for them,” said Rohit.
Mumbai struggled to get going in the chase until Kishan and Kieron Pollard’s incredible 119-run fifth-wicket partnership off 51 balls levelled the scores at the end of the 20 overs.
“We were not in the game at all when we started with the bat. Great innings by Ishan to get us back. Polly was brilliant as usual. Just that we didn’t start well, I thought we could have got 200 with the batting we have. With Polly being there, anything can happen, and Ishan can hit it,” said the opening batsman.