- Mumbai Indians suffered their fifth defeat of the season in IPL 2018 MI vs SRH encounter on Tuesday
- Head coach IPL Mahela Jayawardene is disappointed with his side’s performance in IPL 2018 so far
- Mumbai faltered while chasing a small target of 119 runs in the IPL 2018 SRH vs MI match
As defending champions Mumbai Indians suffered their fifth loss of the tournament in the IPL 2018 MI vs SRH match on Tuesday (April 24), head coach IPL Mahela Jayawardene was visibly disappointed with the way his team went down meekly in what should have been a straight-forward chase at their home ground. After winning the toss in IPL 2018 SRH vs MI game, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma decided to bowl first with his bowling unit bundling the Sunrisers out for a mere 118 runs.
Having lost four out of five games before the IPL 2018 MI vs SRH match, Mumbai needed to start doing what they do best – rack up the wins after a bad start – at the earliest. Instead, they put up their worst batting performance of the season, at a venue where they had never previously lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad and ultimately lost by a big margin of 31 runs as they succumbed to 87-all out. Coach IPL Mahela Jayawardene was in a reflective mood at the post-match press conference.
“We have ourselves to blame” – MI Head Coach IPL Mahela Jayawardene
“We have put ourselves in this situation, there is no one else to blame,” Jayawardene said. “Some of the matches we lost, I thought we played good cricket, they could have gone either way as is the case in T20 cricket. But today (IPL 2018 MI vs SRH) was very disappointing. We just probably played the wicket thinking there is going to be demons out there. We just had to knock it around. We did not take any responsibility, so that part was quite disappointing. The dew came in as we expected, after 10 overs. No one took responsibility.. that is quite sad.”
When asked to comment on the nature of Wankhede’s wicket, IPL Mahela Jayawardene said: “I was a little surprised by the slowness of the wicket. It was a fresh wicket, it wasn’t used before. It wasn’t ideal for us as a home team.” The former Sri Lankan captain though refused to pin the blame on the conditions on offer.
“IPL 2018 MI vs SRH Wankhede wicket not ideal but not an excuse”
“But I’m not blaming the wicket. We need to play the conditions. We saw how the wicket behaved when they batted. We also knew that due was going to come in the back end of the game. So we could’ve been much smarter in our approach. I’m not giving any excuses. Sometimes you need to take on challenges and adapt to them. And it’s disappointing that we didn’t do that today,” he added.
Another matter which is fast becoming a regular topic of discussion during and after Mumbai Indians‘ matches is veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard’s role in the side. The IPL 2018 SRH vs MI match was no different as the big West Indian once again failed with the bat. This season, Pollard has cobbled together 63 runs off 57 balls at 110.52 including the IPL 2018 MI vs SRH match – a poor strike-rate for someone who usually bats in the death overs.
“He is struggling a little bit, but we trusted with the system,” IPL Mahela Jayawardene said. “You need to trust your players, you can’t chop and change just because you don’t fire. You have to go with that structure, and yes, eventually as a coach, I will have to make some calls, which I have to think about. It is too early for me.. I need 24 hours to think about what happened today and not be emotional about it.”