Rohit Sharma © AFP
Rohit Sharma © AFP

Mumbai Indians (MI) finally got over the line in Match 27 of ongoing VIVO IPL 2018 versus arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Pune. Chasing 170, Suryakumar Yadav set the tone, and Rohit Sharma‘s coming-back-to-form led to MI’s second win from seven encounters. A captain’s knock, calm and composed as ever, from Rohit (33-ball 56*) led MI to an 8-wicket victory, and he was rightly adjudged Man of the Match.

In the post-match conference, Rohit stressed upon the camp’s desperation to win this clash. However, he was quick to point out that the mood in the dressing room is fine, and they do not want to make wholesome changes. “Very much alive (in the competition). Wanted this win desperately. In desperation, we didn’t want to take decision that won’t go well. Wanted to stay calm. We’ve played good cricket. But that finishing touch wasn’t happening. Today we batted well, bowled well, fielded well. If I look back at it, except the Sunrisers (Hyderabad) game where we batted poorly. Rest of the game we put on 190-plus. It was just about going in with calm heads. This game will give confidence going forward. ”

At halfway stage, CSK were 91 for 1. They were in line to get beyond 180, but MI pulled things back courtesy Mitchell McClenaghan and Pandya brothers. Rohit credited his bowlers for setting it up for MI. “That was very critical (the bowlers’ comeback). For me as a captain it was important to understand what will be the right combination. We still have a positive atmosphere going forward.”

Rohit also spoke on Kieron Pollard’s ouster, and his own batting position

“Tough leaving out Pollard. He’s done so many good things for us. He took it upon him. Going forward, don’t want to dismiss him completely. He’ll still be our match winner. Not dismissing any players going forward. Will be surprises going forward as well. It was the match situation (promotion to No. 3). Wanted to get that right-left combination going. They’ve got an off-spinner, left-arm spinner and leg-spinner so we wanted to keep them guessing,” signed off Rohit.

In the points table, CSK are still on top. Meanwhile, MI move to the sixth spot.