The Mumbai (MI) Indians’ fight for the dead has continued in its fifth game this season as they have suffered a nine-wicket loss to the Punjab Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday night.
While MI fought with the bat in previous games, but they managed to put results that they could fight. However, in the last two matches they failed to reach even 140, which led to losses. On Friday, they were limited to their lowest number of the season – 131 for six of 20 overs, despite Rohit Sharma receiving 63.
In the Cricket Dhamaka show on India TV, former Indian cricketers Sanjay Manjakar and Anjum Chopra talked about MI’s fight with the bat.
“The Mumbai Indians hit hard. If you only score 21 runs in the first six overs; that too, when Moses Henriques and Deepak Huda made five of them, you put yourself in a losing position,” Manjacar said.
Chopra, meanwhile, suggested MI make some changes to his XI game. She said the country could replace the ineffective goalkeeper Quinton de Cock with Chris Lynn.
“There has to be a change. I think Ishan Kishan could be given responsibilities to fight the goal and Chris Lynn can replace Quinton de Kok in the squad. Yes, a player with a kick may not be the best bet on such a pitch. but this change can be made. Or MI can also release a batsman in the middle row, “Chopra said.
Chris Lynn played in the opening game of the season for the Mumbai Indians against Royal Challengers Bangalore and scored an important 49 of 35 deliveries.
“Punjab Kings scored 45 times in the first six overtimes of the game, compared to MI’s 21. And the credit goes to Mayank Agarwal. We’ve often seen Mayank play more freely than KL Rahul when they both open the inning. “Relieves the pressure from both Rahul and the other batsmen,” Manjekar said.
“Mayank did not achieve great results, but reduced the tension.”