After Mumbai Indians (MI) lost a close game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the super over last night, the MI captain Rohit Sharma revealed why Ishan Kishan, who had played a sparkling knock of 99 in the original game, wasn’t sent to bat in the super over despite the fact that he was well set and had been dismissed only a ball before.
As per Rohit, the Mumbai Indians management actually considered sending Ishan Kishan to bat in the super over as well, but the problem was that he was totally drained out and wasn’t fresh enough at all to go out there and make a difference in the super over.
Mumbai eventually sent two of their hardest hitters Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya in the super over, none of whom could get too many big hits away. While Pollard hit a boundary, Pandya couldn’t time anything and Mumbai could get only 7 runs in the super over which was bowled by the young emerging Indian pacer Navdeep Saini.
Jasprit Bumrah took up the bowling duties against AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli to defend 7 runs for Mumbai and although he bowled well, De Villiers got a boundary away on the 4th ball of the over which proved to be decisive at the end.
RCB needed just one run off the final ball of the super over to win the game and the skipper Virat Kohli managed to pierce the gap through the leg side to get the match winning boundary for the men in red and gold.
It was RCB’s second victory in the three games they have played in IPL 2020 and they have now got themselves into the top half of the table with 4 points. This is their best start in the league in the last 3 years.