IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma far from impressed with batsmen after MI falter vs KXIP

Rohit Sharma was unhappy with his batsmen after Mumbai Indians went down to Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets in Mohali to lose their second match of the 2019 Indian Premier League.

Quinton de Kock’s 60 had helped MI set KXIP a 177-run target but the hosts rode on a powerful batting performance to storm to victory.

KL Rahul hit his first fifty of the season while Chris Gayle and man-of-the-match Mayank Agarwal scored 40 and 43 respectively to script KXIP’s second win of the season.

Rohit Sharma had powered Mumbai Indians to an aggressive start with an 18-ball 32. When he was dismissed in the sixth over, MI were 51 for 1.

Suryakumar Yadav scored 11 off 6 while Quinton de Kock took over as the aggressor after Rohit fell and things were looking good for Mumbai.

But the three-time champions were not able to get going and it meant KXIP were able to keep them under 180.

Mumbai Indians, with the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya in their line-up, scored only 74 runs off the last 9 overs.

Had it not been for Hardik Pandya’s cameo, MI would have ended up with far lesser than their eventual 176 off 20 overs. Understandably, Rohit Sharma was far from impressed with his batsmen.

“(After) the way we started, we were 10 to 15 runs short, maybe even more. At the end of 11 overs, I think we were 102 for 2, and we just didn’t kick off,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“A big partnership was needed and we let the tempo go off a little. To score 70 in the last 9 overs is not acceptable. We should have got more with 8 wickets in hand but we failed to do that.

“But yeah, KL Rahul batted well. We executed our plans but they didn’t work out. Last game, we bowled pretty well. We have got some work to do in terms of our batting. The bowlers did everything they could but it was the batsmen who did not live up to expectations,” Rohit said.

Mumbai Indians have plenty of issues to sort out in their batting department and Rohit Sharma needs to lead from the front.

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