Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma hoped that his team could continue their winning streak in the ongoing Indian Premier League after registering their fifth win on the trot.
The skipper also said that Mumbai’s eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab will give his team the kind of momentum they needed heading into the business end of the IPL.
According to the reports of PTI, MI skipper stated, “So hopefully we can continue our winning streak. The good thing we've done is focusing on one particular opposition and we are going to do that again.”
With the help of Jos Buttler and young Nitish Rana’s half centuries, Mumbai Indians successfully chased a mammoth target of 199 and thrash Punjab by eight wickets with more than four overs to spare at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. Rohit said that this victory reminded him 2014 win against Rajasthan Royals.
At the post-match conference, Sharma said, "Incredible game to be part of. Something which reminded me of 2014, when we chased 190 against Rajasthan Royals in 14 overs. To be able to chase this target in 15.3 overs is fantastic. The way Jos and Parthiv batted at the start was magnificent.”
The Mumbai Indians skipper added, “That's the kind of firepower we have. Parthiv is coming off a great domestic season and he's taken that confidence into IPL. That's the kind of start we required chasing 199.”
Rohit also heaped praise on South African star batsman Hashim Amla, who fired his maiden T20 century (104 not out of 60 balls) and helped Kings XI Punjab to post a mammoth 198/4 in the first innings.
While parsing Amla, Rohit Sharma said, “Amla played one of the finest knocks we would ever see but we finished up really well. When we came back to the change room the talk was that the ground is small and we have the batters to do it. That was pretty evident in the first six overs.”
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He further said, “Not really it's something which we have to look into. They are proven match winners and they have done it for years, even in international cricket it's a lot of pressure, it's always challenging. It's just about backing them and the management does that.”
The Mumbai Indian skipper said that the Kings XI Punjab will come good in the next game. He further said, “It's just the first half of the tournament, the second half becomes crucial, the table keeps changing so you have to be on the money, you can't lose momentum.”
The man-of-the-match Jos Buttler (37-ball 77), said that the Holkar wicket was fantastic for him to play a kind of stroke. He also said that his feels satisfying after contributing his team’s success.
Buttler further stated, “Found really good touch in the tournament, been desperate to kick on, nice to put in a contribution. Striking the ball well, it's a small ground and a fantastic wicket. Luckily we won the toss; you'd think 200 was a really good score. I think today, chasing that kind of total was great for me because I could go from ball one without thinking.”
He concluded, “I've put a lot of pressure on myself, trying too hard to score the runs. Today, when you're chasing a big score, you can relax and play your shots. Keep a still base and do the rest.”