Change in conditions has brought the change in luck for the defending champions. 172 was always going to be under-par on a pitch that was quite good for batting. And once Mumbai got off to a strong start through de Kock, they were always ahead in the run chase. Krunal also played a lovely hand and his partnership with de Kock erased any little hopes that RR might have had when they got rid of Suryakumar. The pair batted beautifully on an easing surface and RR’s bowlers just couldn’t curb the run flow. To be honest, they needed at least 180 on this deck if not more to stand a chance. Tells you how badly Samson’s men batted at the death and how brilliant MI were with their slog-overs bowling. The game was probably decided there itself. de Kock played the anchor role to perfection and batted through to hold one end up, allowing the others to flourish.
Sanju Samson – Surely, a few runs short, maybe around 20-25 runs short. We were going on nicely (with the bat), but didn’t finish well. The bowlers have been doing their job well, but as batsmen, we need to get them a good score to defend. It was a good wicket, the ball was coming on nicely and they (MI) batted really well, as a team, we will need to score more runs as a batting group. Trust yourself, play positive and fearless cricket – that’s all one should do.
Rohit Sharma, Winning captain: Absolutely brilliant, we needed this win badly after a couple of losses, we did pretty much everything right, from ball one, very clinical towards the end as well. This is something that was required, we took the responsibility, good to see a complete team effort. We were positive about coming to Delhi, knew this was a good pitch, not like Chennai (laughs), we have played a lot of games and we do understand the conditions here. A good pitch, small boundaries, you always back yourself to do well , but having said that the bowlers did the job for us, came back pretty well in the death overs, giving 50 odd runs with 7 wickets in hand was a great effort. Playing the conditions well is important, we didn’t adapt well in Chennai, but we knew once that leg ended, we were going to play on good pitches. We didn’t adapt to those conditions well, but these conditions allowed our batters to come out and play the game they knew well. We have had a lot of discussions, we play in a certain manner and we want to adapt to that. It allows them to be fearless, a few guys can anchor the innings and play around the hitters. It’s important to have different characters in the team and that’s what we have got. Our bowling pleased me a lot, it’s easy to lose confidence when the opposition are doing well, but we stuck to our plans, very happy for Quinny, we know how dangerous he can be at the top of the order, good that he finished off the game. Not to forget, Krunal Pandya’s knock was crucial as well.
Quinton de cock is the player of the match.