An easy-going approach turned things around for Suryakumar Yadav, who after scoring just 16 runs in the last three IPL matches, hit a brilliant 43 as Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets here on Sunday. Suryakumar, the world’s number one T20I batsman, had scores of 15, 1 and 0 before his 25-ball 43, which was laced with four fours and three sixes. Suryakumar, who replaced regular skipper Rohit Sharma, said, “I relaxed and walked smoothly for the wicket, took my time for the first 6-7 balls. And then I thought if I got my eye in, I would take it.” I can go.” , Said.
“We need to bat smart in the first 7-10 overs and later we find out what kind of firepower we have. We did that today as well and hope to take it forward in the next few games.” He said that the members of the team had discussed in the dugout that they have to maintain the momentum of the win they got in the last game.
“Great performance from the boys. I would have liked to have finished the game but nevertheless, I was very pleased with the way the team played.”
“In the afternoon we felt the wicket was a bit dry, but the way the guys batted, it calmed down in the evening. In a day game at Wankhede, 160-170 is a good score, but Kishan got us off to a good start. Ishaan Kishan set up a successful run chase by scoring 58 runs in 25 balls, hitting five fours and as many sixes.
Suryakumar also lauded the “legendary spell” of Piyush Chawla (1/19 in 4 overs) during KKR’s innings.
“He put his hand up under pressure.” KKR skipper Nitish Rana was not happy with the performance of his bowling unit.
“I think we could have bowled better in the powerplay. I definitely want my bowling unit to perform more. One or two matches is fine, but now it’s five matches,” he added.
“Guys can have off days, but in back-to-back games, it hurts as a unit. But we’ll talk about it and hopefully we can bounce back.” Rana said that his team was 15-20 runs short.
“Credit to PC bhai (Piyush Chawla) for the way he bowled. I feel very bad for Venky. You play so well, get a hundred in a one-day game in Mumbai and you lose. I Feel bad for them.” ,
“If our best bowlers are going for runs, there is not much to say. The way Ishan played against Narine.” KKR’s Venkatesh Iyer, who was adjudged player of the match for his 51-ball 104, said, “Had we ended on a winning note, but still, would have been happy with my effort.
“The management has given me this role and it’s my job to repay them. It was definitely a beautiful wicket to bat on. Once you get those 30-40 runs, it becomes easy to score,” he said. Really happy to score a hundred.” Iyer said that his game plan was not to let the new ball attack of Mumbai Indians settle down.
“Once you let them settle, it becomes difficult. So I didn’t want to let them settle. Once the swing is gone, it becomes easier to play them.”
He said, “Once you are doing something for the team, you forget all the pain. The wicket was really good and I was enjoying myself out there.”
“I think we were 15-20 runs short, and the way Mumbai were going, they could have made it up in the second over but yeah, we were a little short.”