The scorecard will show Mumbai Indians lost the match by 3 runs even after skipper Rohit Sharma scored a valiant 58 off 39 balls. But what the scorecard will fail to show is Rohitâs inability to score the timely boundaries batting in the business end of the innings.
Going into the last 4 overs, Mumbai needed 39 runs with Kieron Pollard and Rohit at the crease. More importantly, Rohit had already faced 29 balls and was batting on 47 with six boundaries and two sixes. A required run-rate of 9.75 is never too much going into the last four and MI fans would have smelt victory.
But the next 22 balls saw Rohit play 10 deliveries and manage to score just 11 runs. For a man who had scored 47 off the earlier 29 balls in his innings, that clearly shows inability to turn the heat in the end. Also, he played 4 dot balls during this phase and managed to hit just one six.
In fact, in a situation where Mumbai Indians needed 24 runs off 12 balls, Ben Stokes bowled a brilliant 19 over, giving away just 7 runs â no boundaries. Rohit played three of them and managed a leg-bye and two singles.
Rohitâs lone six came in the death overs came in the 19th over with Mumbai Indians needing 17 runs to win off six balls. Jaydev Unadkat dismissed Hardik Pandya off the first ball of the over, facing the second ball, Rohit spotted the slower ball early and gave it the hoick into the long-on boundary.
But he played a dot off the third ball of the over with the team still needing 11 off 4 balls. So, that made it 11 needed off 3 balls and Rohit looked to go for another biggie and managed to hit it straight in the air. Unadkat managed to catch it at the second attempt and Rohit left with his team still needing 11 off 2 deliveries and the game clearly in Puneâs bag with Harbhajan Singh and Mitchell McClenaghan at the crease.