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Why there is no respite for bowlers...

April 21, 2017 09:33 IST

‘It was a small ground and a fantastic wicket’

Ishant Sharma

IMAGE: Ishant Sharma of Kings XI Punjab in action against Mumbai Indians. Photograph: BCCI

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma compared Mumbai Indians' incredible 200-run chase inside 16 overs with their victory against Rajasthan Royals during the 2014 edition of the Indian Premier League.

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"Incredible game to be part of. Something which reminded me of 2014, when we chased 190 against Royals in 14 overs," Rohit said.

"To be able to chase this target in 15.3 overs is fantastic. Hashim Amla played one of the finest knocks we would ever see but we finished up really well. When we came back to the change room the talk was that the ground is small and we have the batters to do it. That was pretty evident in the first six overs. The way Jos and Parthiv batted at the start was magnificent," said the skipper.

He was however not really perturbed with the performance of the bowlers, who have been on the expensive side during most of the matches.

"They (Malinga and Co) are proven match winners and they have done it for years, even in international cricket. That's there. It's a lot of pressure, it's always challenging. It's just about backing them and the management does that. They will come good. It's just the first half of the tournament, the second half becomes crucial, the table keeps changing so you have to be on the money, you can't lose momentum," he said.

For KXIP captain Glenn Maxwell lack of sideways movement became their undoing.

"Any time a batsman takes you on in the Powerplay like that, on a pitch that has no sideways movement or even purchase for slower balls, it's hard. Now onto Rajkot, another flat pitch. No respite to our bowlers."

Man of the match Jos Buttler said, "It was a small ground and a fantastic wicket. Luckily, we won the toss, you'd think 200 was a really good score. I think today, chasing that kind of total was great for me because I could go from ball one without thinking. I've put a lot of pressure on myself, trying too hard to score the runs. Today, when you're chasing a big score, you can relax and play your shots. Keep a still base and do the rest."

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