IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma will be fine to play against KKR, says MI coach Mahela Jayawardene | Cricket News

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DUBAI: After suffering a 20-run defeat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene said regular skipper Rohit Sharma will be available for the next game, which will be against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya missed out on the match against CSK which was played in Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
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“Rohit was batting and doing his running after coming back from the UK; we felt he needed extra few days, so he should be fine to play the next game. Hardik was training, had a niggle, so (just) precaution and giving him extra days, nothing serious,” said Jayawardene during a virtual post-match conference.
For CSK, Dwayne Bravo scalped three wickets and Deepak Chahar took two. Saurabh Tiwary was the top scorer for Mumbai Indians with his knock of 50 runs.

With this win, Chennai Super Kings went to the top of the points table while Mumbai are now in danger of falling outside the top four.
“Well, I think the pitch was not doing much, to be honest, in the second innings, the wicket was pretty good. The odd one sat up a little bit. I agree we probably gave a couple of soft dismissals, we probably needed someone to take responsibility and bat through the innings, which we did not do. That was the difference with CSK with Ruturaj Gaikwad doing that for them,” said Jayawardene.
Gaikwad scored 88 to bail CSK out of trouble batting first. The MS Dhoni-led outfit posted 156/6 in the allotted twenty overs after being 24 for four inside the powerplay.

“Even though they (CSK) lost wickets, there was a set batsman (Gaikwad) who went till the end. We are disappointed with how we handled the situation,” the MI coach added.
Talking about Mumbai Indians’ batting, Jayawardene said: “We struggled in Chennai in the first half as we did not get used to the conditions. Here also, you know, it was not the easiest wicket, but probably needed some application. I put it down to game awareness and taking responsibility. The application out there is something we need to work on.”
Mumbai Indians will next lock horns against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.



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