Mumbai Indians need to win their remaining two matches to stand a chance to qualify for playoffs © IANS
Mohali: May 21, 2014
Having got a lifeline thanks to their seven-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday night, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is keeping his fingers crossed as far as their slim chances of qualifying for the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs are concerned. Lendl Simmons stole the thunder with a scintillating 61-ball 100, singlehandedly powering MI to a seven-wicket win over table toppers Kings XI Punjab.
“Anything is possible. The important aspect is, we go back to Bombay, and we hope we put up the performance that is expected of us in familiar territory,” Sharma said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Asked about the mathematical chance of earning a playoffs berth, he said he was keeping his “fingers crossed” and this is at the back of the team’s mind.
The MI captain reiterated that his side was always capable of putting up a dominant show. “I have always said that we are a capable side. It’s just that we didn’t do well in our first five games in the UAE.”
Man of the Match Simmons was thrilled with his effort. “It was was a very good moment to me, was very excited when I got the call for Mumbai,” Simmons said. Asked which shot he enjoyed the most, of all the ones he’d played today, Simmons said, “I like playing my slog sweep, so I enjoyed that one.”
Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey said this was a good pitch to chase a total. “It was the sort of pitch where it would have been good to chase. It did get a little quicker in the second half of the game.” Bailey top-scored for his side with 39 and helped recover from a middle-order collapse. This was Mumbai Indians’ fifth win in 12 matches while Kings XI Punjab have nine wins from 12 games.
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