The Mumbai Indians’ decision not to send Ishan Kishan, who hit the ball hard and clean, to the Super Over surprised many, but their head coach Mahela Jayawardane defended the tactic saying they had confidence in their experienced players to make it. work to do. It was wicket-keeper-batsman Ishan Kishan, who, with his blistering 99-run stroke, brought Mumbai Indians back in a stiff chase of 202 runs, along with Kieron Pollard (60 from 24 balls).
However, the match had to be decided via Super Over, where the defending champion chose to send Hardik Pandya with Pollard.
The strategy failed as all they could save was only seven runs from Navdeep Saini and lost the match to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Jayawardene said Kishan was tired after giving his all during the match.
“If anyone could see it, he (Kishan) was very tired at the time and we thought we probably need some new guys who can hit the ball,” the Sri Lankan said at the post-game press conference.
“In hindsight it’s pretty easy to say this and that, but Polly (Pollard) and Hardik had done the job in the past in those Super Overs, two experienced guys capable of that.
“So you take a gamble on these calls and it could have gone both ways. Had we had 10-12 runs, something could have happened,” explained the coach.
Jayawardane had to admit that seven runs were too small to defend even in front of a Jasprit Bumrah bowler.
“In the Super Over we had three dots, so that’s a killer for you guys because we lost a wicket and then we had a few more dots.
“We had to make sure we played some smart shots, cut that early boundary, which we couldn’t, we had one, but a few boundaries would have been really useful, especially when Booms (Bumrah) comes bowling.”
“Ab (De Villiers) and Booms is a great fight, they went off on each other, a bit of a boxing match, but we probably didn’t have enough runs for Booms to defend … but we were still very close,” added the Sri Lankan batter.
Jayawardene said when she lost the wickets early, the message for Kishan was to get the match deep.
“During the middle period, we just wanted to make sure he hit through the innings. We knew he could put pressure on their bowling, so the message for him was to go deep, because we lost a few wickets, so he did that brilliantly and took his chance, played some really good shots.
“It was a brilliant collaboration between him and Polly and (they) almost brought us home,” said the head coach.
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