New Delhi: With a loss on Sunday evening at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Indians handed their fate to other teams for remaining in the playoffs hunt in IPL 2018. Rohit Sharma-led MI suffered a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals at their fortress and now for the defending champions journey for the playoffs remain an ardent task.
Mumbai Indians stand sixth on the IPL 2018 points table with 10 points to their name from 12 matches. They are left with two games in which they play Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils. However, even after winning both the ties they won’t ensure their place in the playoffs as they have to wait for other team’s results as well.
After the defeat, MI skipper Rohit Sharma was aware of the situation but he kept faith in his team saying they have been playing “good cricket”.
“On a pitch like that, we should have scored 15-20 runs more. In the games that we lost in the past, we didn’t finish well with the bat,” Sharma said in the post-match presentation ceremony. “Today was another game we didn’t finish well, but I don’t want to be too harsh because we have been playing good cricket. We need to work on a few areas. We need to keep our heads high and hope for two good games,” the MI skipper added.
“It’s not going to be easy defending whatever target is set, but that’s not an excuse for us. We have played enough cricket to understand the conditions here. He (Buttler) has been in great form. He didn’t give us any chances,” he concluded saying.
In the match, MI posted a moderate total of 168 for 6 backed by Evin Lewis’ half-century. Propelled by another flamboyant performance from Jos Buttler (53-ball 94*), RR overhauled the target easily as they made 171 for the loss of 3 in 18 overs.
The English wicket-keeper batsman hit his 5th consecutive half-century in this edition of IPL, breaking several records as well.