“We had a poor batting performance, scoring about 10 to 15 runs short,” said Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma after his side’s defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad. “In the last nine games we have added 70 runs in the last five overs but today was just not our day,” he said.

Asked if the Sunrisers enjoyed home advantage, he said whoever played better cricket on a given day won. On the wicket, he said, “We’d seen the totals averaged around 130 to 135. We could have done better with the ball but given our small total, it was tough for the bowlers to defend such a target.”

While not familiar with facts regarding Kieron Pollard’s injury, the former Deccan Chargers batsman complimented Shikhar Dhawan. “He batted like a mature guy. Since it wasn’t a big total, he took his time.”

Sweltering conditions

On the sweltering conditions here, he said they were the same across the country at this time of the year.

Sunrisers coach Tom Moody said much work had gone into the finishing aspects of the game. “Our batting needed to improve and I couldn’t have asked for more today,” said the strapping Australian.

Well executed plans

Patting his bowlers, he said they had executed plans well. “It’s easy to plan but the hard part is doing it on the ground,” he added while underscoring the quality of death bowling.

“Ishant Sharma came back strongly from that no-ball six he was hit for and it showed his character and class.”

“Shikhar Dhawan batted well especially in staying till the finish.

“There were good partnerships too, which gave us a convincing win,” felt Moody.

While he saw the wicket as good enough to score 140 or 150, he said small totals had become the order of the day. “We don’t often see Pollard face more balls than runs,” he concluded.

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