In the opening match of IPL 2020, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings defeated four times champions Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma on Saturday said that the batsmen in his side did not carry on for long like Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu for Chennai Super Kings which made the difference in the match. While Faf du Plessis remained unbeaten on 58 runs to take, Rayudu contributed 71 runs to help Chennai Super Kings chase down the total of 163, despite losing two early wickets.
“None of our batsmen carried on for us, as du Plessis and Rayudu did for CSK. I think we were 85 in the first 10 overs. Credit to the CSK bowlers, they bowled well at the end to pull things back”, Rohit Sharma said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“Something for us to learn. Still early days. We all want to start really well, it’s crucial in this tournament where momentum is important. Few things for us to learn from this game, we did make a few mistakes. Hopefully, we’ll rectify those and come out smarter in the next game,” Rohit added.
Mumbai Indian captain believes that the momentum in this tournament is important. He said that they have learnt a few things from this game and assured fans that they will come out smarter this time.
“Still early days. We all want to start really well, it’s crucial in this tournament where momentum is important. Few things for us to learn from this game, we did make a few mistakes. Hopefully, we’ll rectify those and come out smarter in the next game”, the Mumbai Indians captain said.
Speaking on playing without fans amid corona pandemic, Rohit said that the players need to adapt to the new conditions. He feels that things will get better soon.
“We are used to people cheering for us, and we knew this (empty stands) was on the cards. Anyway, this is new normal, but I hope for a while and hope that things get better soon. We need to adapt to the pitches, it got better with the dew coming,” he said.
“You need to hit the gaps and focus on that part of the game. The opposition can tie you down, it’s all about understanding what we need to do,” the MI captain added.
Mumbai Indians will now lock horns with Dinesh Karthik led Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.