KKR fans, if you are still scratching your heads. Understandable. 31 needed off 30 with 6 wickets in hand and they lose by 10 runs. Unbelievable choke this is. Belief is the word for MI. They believe in their players. Put thought into forming a squad, back a player if they see talent and the results are there to be seen. Imagine this. They dropped Dre Russ twice and still won. The beauty of this win was how they never panicked despite KKR having this in their bag. But they had the knack to snatch it away just before the zip was closed. Rana’s wicket was a turning point and I am sure he was reflecting on that from the dugout with the look on his face in the last over. Had he been there, this could have been done. Had to see off Chahar’s last ball off the spell but just got carried away after a fine, fine innings. And then Shakib just went for glory with all his experience than knocking it around and you never let MI back into a game.
Krunal Pandya was brilliant. He had silly-point and slip to Dre Russ at one point and KKR found it tough to get him off the square. 4-0-13-1 was exceptional. It was Rahul Chahar’s spirited effort that gave MI the belief. He got turn, bounce and he got Rana, Gill, Tripathi and Morgan. Rohit went with the experience of Boult and the left-armer didn’t disappoint. Bumrah 4-0-28-0 it shows. But never ever believe the scorecard. He gave just four singles and two dots in the penultimate over and don’t forget, got into the oppositions head with all those miscalculations of trying to target other bowlers. You are a champion player if you are not just playing on the field, but also on the minds of the opposition.
Eoin Morgan, Losing captain – ‘Yes, disappointing (to lose). Played some really good cricket for most parts of the game, we looked comfortable in the chase, but they are a strong team, came back well and sad that it didn’t work out for us. Made a few mistakes, will need to sort it out. A perfect game needs to be bold, it came to cost us in the last 10 overs of the game (not being bold enough to finish off the chase). We needed to bat around and complete the chase – not quite sure what happened (speaking if the pitch tended to go slow in the second innings), in the games that have been played so far, barring AB de Villiers in the chase (in the RCB v MI game), that seems to be telling a tale (of teams struggling in the run-chase). We put ourselves in a good position to win today, but then not to win, that’s something we need to take care of.’
Rohit Sharma: Was a great fightback, excellent fightback by each one of them. You don’t see a game like this often. Lots of confidence from this game and we move forward. KKR batted brilliantly in the powerplay. Rahul came and got us crucial wickets in the middle;. Krunal bowling those overs at the end was vital as well. It was a complete team effort and credit to all the bowlers. As batters you need to carry on. The trend in Chennai is you can’t hit from ball one. You have to plan before you go into bat. We were 15-20 runs short. Should have batted well at the fag end. We need to understand how we need to bat at the death but I don’t want to take anything away from the boys. SKY has carried his form well. He plays fearless and it’s a positive sign for us in the first few overs. We need a guy there to do that. We have done the finishing part well as a team, just that we need to understand the surfaces here and adapt.
Rahul Chahar is the player of the match.