I think if dew hadn’t played a part, 158 would’ve been enough – R Ashwin

MI defeat the Rajasthan Royals by 5-wickets

Ravichandran Ashwin said that the target of 159 would’ve been enough for the side if dew hadn’t played a major role while Mumbai Indians defeat the Rajasthan Royals by 5-wickets and registered their first victory in the ongoing IPL.

The target of 159 would’ve been enough for the side if dew hadn’t played a major role, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said after his team’s five-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians in the IPL. 

Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma gave the best 35th birthday present to their captain Rohit Sharma as Mumbai Indians finally opened their account on Saturday. 

While chasing the target of 159, MI reached home in 19.2 overs, Surya and Tilak made an 81 runs partnership and the franchise seal the victory by 5 wickets.

“I think if dew hadn’t played a part, that score would’ve been enough, but there was heavy dew, so felt it was 10-15 runs short,”

said Ashwin at the post-match press conference.

“158 was a competitive score. It was always going to be about how well we started. We had a very good powerplay and got one wicket more than what Mumbai had at the front.

“So I thought it was a reasonably good score to fight and we pretty much did well with whatever scores we had this season. I thought the wicket was a little sticky, to begin with.” 

It was MI’s first victory after eight successive losses and even though the result bears little consequence, it is certainly going to keep the five-time champions in good mental space.

“It was unfortunate today. I don’t know how this works, whether it’s the humidity factor, or the spray whether it works or not, or what it was, but it (dew) was wet all over the place today.

“And it makes a massive difference; good deliveries tend to get overpitched and stuff like that for the spinner. Also, usage of the spinner cannot be at the back of the innings.

“So all these facets can’t be kicking in when dew comes in so it’s a combination. We put up a decent score. Could’ve had 10-15 more, but these things happen in a 14-game IPL,”

said Ashwin.

While defending the target, RR has put some pressure on Mumbai Indians in the power play and took two wickets but part-timer Daryl Mitchell turn-over 20 runs in the seventh over.

Asked about the turning point in the match, Ashwin said:

“Last game to Daryl Mitchell had bowled that 7th over. It is our strategy for that sixth bowler and he had bowled well the previous time.

“But today it didn’t work, but it happens in the game. If we use a sixth bowler upfront, then we have options in the back end. That’s the thought process. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t, but that’s how T20 cricket is.”

“I’ve never celebrated personal milestones, but if they help the team, then I will be very happy,”

said Suryakumar.

“The win will spread a lot of positivity. We already were enjoying each other’s company during practice sessions, team dinners, and all. This win will spread even more positivity and will help each and everyone learn going forward this season.”