Parthiv Patel: Mumbai let go of a game that was coming into their hands
On Tuesday in Ahmedabad, Gujarat Titans defeated Mumbai Indians with an emphatic 55-run victory while Gujarat has moved up to a second spot in the team standings with their victory, trailing Chennai by only net run rate with both teams having 10 points.
On Tuesday in Ahmedabad, Gujarat Titans defeated Mumbai Indians with an emphatic 55-run victory. Shubman Gill’s stunning half-century (56, 34b, 7x4s, 1×6) and significant contributions from David Miller (46, 22b, 2×4, 4×6) and Abhinav Manohar (42, 21b, 3x4s, 3x6s), who batted first for the Titans, helped them score a total of 207 runs. Mumbai was unable to match that firepower with their highest scorer being Nehal Wadhera with 40 runs (21b, 3×4, and 3×6).
Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad, the Afghan spin twins, each took five wickets. Gujarat has moved up to a second spot in the team standings with their victory, trailing Chennai by only net run rate with both teams having 10 points.
Hardik Pandya won the TATA IPL for the first time as captain with the Titans last season and looks to repeat that triumph. His captaincy impact has improved substantially in recent months, Aaaksh Chopra.
“It’s hard to win a match from a defensive position; we’ve seen this in the TATA IPL. The point about captaincy was very salient. The game started with fast bowlers bowling quite often with discipline due to the movement of the ball. Soon after, spinners were introduced at the right time. They made an error last game in judging the dew and brought Noor at the end and Hetmyer punished him. He learned from that and ensured Noor’s overs were done earlier. Rashid and Noor, two spinners with five wickets, and Hardik’s captaincy just seem to keep improving. Mohit wasn’t playing well but he still sent him to bowl the final over and take crucial wickets even though he could’ve done that himself as a captain. He changed Mohit’s day from bad to good to maintain his confidence. I think Hardik Pandya as a captain is growing and maturing,”he said on Jio Cinema, the official digital broadcaster of the IPL.
Mumbai handed up far too many runs up in the first innings as the Titans particularly punished their bowling in the last few overs. Parthiv Patel, an expert on Jio Cinema and a former MI player, sees massive holes MI need to address in their bowling attack:
“You’re being generous when you say there’s only little wrong with the Mumbai Indians bowling. If you talk about it being just one time, you can say the pitch was bad or there was a dew factor and the ball wasn’t gripping. This was a dry ground and if you do something like this twice, it shows a pattern is forming. When we were talking in commentary about how Mumbai could’ve closed the game if they took one wicket. They let go of a game that was coming into their hands. If you concede almost 80 runs in five overs, the total is bound to be high. In T20, the momentum of a team is also crucial. Mumbai needs to figure out who can bowl in the death overs and which bowlers to use at what time.”