Skipper Rohit Sharma has said that the Mumbai Indians’ batted well but could not hold their nerves which resulted in a couple of crucial run-outs that eventually led to their 12- run defeat to Punjab Kings in Match 23 of IPL 2022 at the MCA Stadium here.
Invited to bat first, brilliant fifties by Shikhar Dhawan (70 off 50) and Mayank Agarwal (52 off 32) powered Punjab Kings to 198/5 in 20 overs. Apart from Shikhar and Mayank’s superb hitting at the top, Jitesh Sharma (30 off 15) and Shahrukh Khan (15 not out off 6) gave a late flourish to Punjab’s innings at lower down the order. In response, Mumbai Indians were reduced to 32/2 after 4.1 overs but recovered well thanks to a big partnership between two youngsters-Tilak Varma (36 off 20) and Dewald Brevis (49 off 25) to be 105/2 at the end of the 10th over. Suryakumar Yadav (43) then propelled them further towards the target before he was out in the 19th over and Mumbai Indians eventually finished at 186/9 to lose by 12 runs.
Sharma said the un timely run-outs of Tilak Varma and seasoned batter Kieron Pollard (10) harmed his team’s chances.