RPS 160/6 (20.0 Ovs)
MI 157/8 (20.0 Ovs)
Ben Stokes, Man of the Match: The bowling side has at least been coming out well. Pretty disappointed with the bat. We are peaking at just the right time after not starting all that well but are putting in some good performances now. It is an advantage being an all-rounder, you get to contribute in every department. You always have a chance to come back. The pitches have been conducive to slower bowling and it has been coming out well. Absolutely loving it here, it is mega to be a part of and am pretty fortunate to be in this situation. Was told the same by quite a few other England guys who’ve come down here.
Smith: Absolutely happy. We scrapped really well at the end. Few guys under pressure did really well, Stokesy in the second last over was magnificent. Jaydev was amazing too with his final two overs to keep them down. We love the close ones, never win by a big margin and would like to change that. The dew wasn’t really bad, we expected it to be a lot worse. The wicket did stay good for the whole of 40 overs. It wasn’t a typical Wankhede wicket, took a bit of turn, stopped a bit and 160 was pretty much par. We know the arsenal Mumbai have with their batting. Jaydev was fantastic at the end, he bowled wide with slower balls and hit hard lengths. If a batsman still hits you for a six you just take your hat off. He did really well to stick to his plans after Rohit hit him and came back well.
Rohit Sharma: It is disappointing after being so close. We tried our best, gave everything we could. Disappointing not able to finish. We need not be too critical about the performance. It was a great effort to reduce them under 170. In the middle overs, we lost few wickets and that was a little mistake. Overall a great game. The pitch was little dry and was assisting spinners. Both the spinners did a good job. It’s very important to understand the pace at which you need to bowl at the Wankhede. It’s harder with dew coming in and both our spinners bowled really well. As I said, we don’t have to be critical of our performance. We’ve been playing good cricket. We need to continue doing that. We don’t want to lose any games. We have to leave this game right here and move on. We got to focus on the matches coming up and get our act together. Was good to score runs, but disappointing not to finish the game. Jaydev bowled a great last over. It takes a lot of courage to bowl and he got a wicket off the first ball which is very crucial. Needing 17, you can’t lose a wicket off the first ball (in the final over).
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