Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene said he has seen enough T20 cricket not to be surprised by the manner in which his side pulled off a sensational four-wicket victory in an Indian Premier League game against Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai.
Mahela JayawardeneIt’s a funny game. I have seen enough T20 cricket, it happens. A bit of pressure and a few good shots created this opportunity for us. You always need to have that belief, happy that players had that belief. It was brilliant.
MI overhauled KKR's score of 178 with one ball to spare in a thrilling encounter at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
The former Sri Lanka batsman and captain praised the display of the side’s young players Nitish Rane and Hardik Pandya, who pulled off a memorable win for Mumbai.
I am pretty pleased and I am glad two young players carried us through. Nitish anchored the innings and took the game deep and Hardik came in and finished the job.
Rana made 50 in 29 balls to put MI, who lost their opening game to Rising Pune Supergiant, well in sight of victory before departing in the last over. Pandya finished the job with a four to long leg off the fifth ball of the last over to remain unbeaten on a 11-ball 29.
It was important to get points on board. Boys played well. After losing the first game, to come back that way showed character and quality. Even in the last game we did not give up and took it deep. I am happy, it was brilliant.
Rohit Sharma Might Open for Mumbai Indians, Says Mahela
The Mumbai Indians coach said the franchise was flexible in choosing their batting order. Rohit, who has been batting at number four, might open in the coming matches, added Jayawardene.
We are flexible in batting order to have left-right combination. We back them even if they fail. Little things, we are trying to do right. Nitish is a very talented player and showed a lot of quality today (Sunday), hopefully we can see more of that from him.
We can’t keep playing in same pattern. Rohit (Sharma) is coming back from injury. You might be surprised if in some of the games he comes in and opens.
Jayawardene said it's not an easy tournament and his side needs to have that surprise element going forward. About the team’s bowling options, Mahela said:
Good to have more options in bowling. Hardik did not bowl at all today (Sunday). It’s a hyena hunt. If we can hunt as a group, I think we will have a lot of success.
Jayawardene however steered clear of questions about umpiring standards after two of his batsmen were given out in what appeared to be dubious decisions on viewing TV replays. About the leg before decisions that went against Rohit and Jos Buttler, Mahela said:
It’s difficult for umpires as well. It’s a high profile tournament and a lot of focus on everyone. It’s natural.
Buttler was out to a full toss from Ankit Rajpoot which appeared to be going down the leg while Rohit clearly edged the ball onto his pads and was shockingly given out.
Rohit remonstrated with the umpire and has been reprimanded by the match referee for the Level 1 offence, under the IPL's Code of Conduct.
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