“Was a great win. We didn’t start really well, but we knew, the kind of attack Punjab has we wanted to capitalise on that towards the back end," Rohit Sharma said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“Hardik and Pollard back themselves to get those runs in the end. They have done that on many occasions. It is nice to have them in form. Overall very happy with the batting performances." the Mumbai captain added.
Rohit Sharma, who became the third Indian batsman to breach the 5000 IPL runs mark in this match, joining Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina in this elite club, shared his happiness on achieving this milestone. “Feels good to get to 5000 runs. I didn’t look much into it. Winning the game was more important," he said.
While defending the total, early on, Mumbai gave away some quick runs and when it looked like it was going to be another KL Rahul-Mayank Agarwal masterclass, Bumrah gave the much-needed breakthrough.
Rahul Chahar holed up KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal fell prey to Bumrah. Then some quality bowling totally exposed Kings XI’s middle-order. Karun Nair (0), Glenn Maxwell (11), James Neesham (7) and Sarfaraz Khan (7) all failed and even though Nicholas Pooran accelerated during his 44 off 27, he was dismissed by James Pattinson in the 14th over to mark the beginning of the end for Kings XI.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy with the ball, so we knew taking early wickets was crucial. We did that. The captain looks good when the bowlers execute plans well," Rohit said.
Between the start of the 15th and 19th overs, KXIP scored just 18 runs and lost three wickets and the match slipped away from them.