Rohit Sharma, India, Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma had back-to-back failures with the bat © AFP

Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) suffered their second loss in the ongoing VIVO IPL 2018. Skipper Rohit Sharma felt that his side wasn’t able to put a challenging total against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Hyderabad on Thursday.

MI lost to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their opening game, losing the game off the penultimate ball. They suffered another loss against SRH, who pulled off a thriller of the last ball. Chasing 148, Hyderabad were going good, and had posted 56 for no loss after Powerplay. There was a batting collapse and Deepak Hooda’s 32 off 25 balls followed by Billy Stanlake’s boundary off the final delivery guided SRH to the top of the IPL Points Table. None of the Mumbai batsmen could cross the 30-mark in the innings as Evin Lewis top-scored with 29.

IPL 2018: Deepak Hooda's calmness guides SRH to thrilling 1-wicket win against MI
IPL 2018: Deepak Hooda's calmness guides SRH to thrilling 1-wicket win against MI

Speaking after the game, Rohit said: “Being at the receiving end for the second time is tough to digest. It wasn’t a good enough total, and our batsmen should have done better.”

Rohit, however, praised his bowlers: “The bowlers showed a lot of character to get us back into the game. We have a great squad, and for the youngsters to come out and perform, it’s amazing. They have a long way to go. Tough luck, we fought till the end, but to lose isn’t a great feeling.”

MI will face Delhi Daredevils (DD) at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.