Our nerves got tested, says Mumbai Indians skipper Hardik Pandya after close win over Punjab Kings | Cricket News

Apr18,2024



New Delhi: Mumbai Indians captain expressed relief after his team got a close nine-run win against Punjab Kings in the IPL match in Mullanpur on Thursday.
Hardik said that the close contest tested the patience of every player.
Despite a brilliant inning of 61 runs from just 28 balls from rising star Ashutosh Sharma, Punjab Kings fell short in chasing the target of 193 runs.
His team was eventually bowled out for 183 in 19.1 overs as five-time champions MI registered their third win this season.
“(It) was a very good game. Everyone's nerves were tested. We had said that characters will be tested in this game. But (it) is natural (that) you will think you are ahead but the trend of IPL Hardik said in the presentation ceremony after the match, show that the opposition can make a comeback and how.
The MI captain lauded Ashutosh's stormy innings, which kept PBKS in the race till the end.
“Unbelievable, the way he played and hit the ball down the middle. (It's) great for his future. We talked about it in the timeout, not about how we look, we'll keep fighting And we will ensure (that) we don't bowl soft balls. The batsmen played good shots but we were soft in some overs.
Punjab Kings stand-in captain Sam Curran said that despite losing some close matches in recent times, it is heartening to see youngsters like Ashutosh and Shashank Singh stepping up.
He said, “Another close one, I think this team likes a close defeat, but unfortunately another defeat. Another incredible innings from a young player (Ashutosh), but another close defeat.”
“It is very difficult. We lost a lot of wickets in the beginning, the way the young guys have brought the team so close is encouraging.”
“He has incredible confidence, you see a player like Ashutosh having the confidence to play sweeps and big hits against fast bowlers, it's great to see him in action,” Curran said.
The Englishman said that many positive things can be learned from such a close defeat.
“It's disappointing to lose close games, but there are a lot of positives in this team. We still have confidence in ourselves, we believe we can turn it around, the sun will come out tomorrow and we hope we can go on a winning run.” ,” Curran said.
player of the match Jasprit Bumrahwho bowled a brilliant spell of 3/21, said it was a much closer game than he expected.
“It was a much closer match than we thought. I want to make an impact early on. In this format the ball swings for two overs and you want to take advantage of that,” he said.
Bumrah said that the T20 format is cruel to the bowlers and is tilted in favor of the batsmen. “This format is a bit difficult for the bowlers because the batsmen are losing their game, and also there are time restrictions and the impact player rule. All you can do is prepare your best and back yourself,” he said. “
“Go out there and give your best. I try to give the message from wherever I am on the field. You don't want to give too much message,” Bumrah said.
(With inputs from PTI)



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