IPL2020, RCB vs MI: Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene decides not to send Ishan Kishan in Super Over
Mumbai Indians’ decision not to send the ball hard and cleanly played Ishan Kishan to bat in the super over shocked many but his head coach Mahela Jayawardene defended the strategy saying he Experienced players are trusted to work. It was wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan who brought Mumbai Indians back to chase 202 with Kieron Pollard (60 off 24 balls) with a stormy innings of 99 runs.
However, the match was to be decided via Super Over, where the defending champion opted to send Hardik Pandya along with Pollard.
As a strategy they could manage all, Navdeep was just seven runs away from Saini and lost the match to Royal Challengers Banglor.
Jayawardene said, Kishan got tired after giving his everything during the competition.
The Sri Lankan said at the post-match press conference, “If anyone could see, he (Kishan) was very tired at that moment and we were thinking that we might need some freshmen who would hit the ball and Can hit. “
“It is easy to say that in this and that, but Polly (Pollard) and Hardik have in the past hired two experienced people in the Super Overs who are capable of doing so.
“So you take a chance on these calls and it can go either way. Anything could have happened if we had 10-12 runs,” the coach explained.
Jayawardene had to admit that Jasprit Bumrah had seven runs too short to defend a bowler of caliber.
“In the super over, we had three dots, so this is the killer for you because we lost one wicket and then we had some more dots.
“We need to make sure that we played some smart shots, taking away that opening boundary, which we couldn’t do, we had one, but a pair of boundaries would have been very useful indeed, especially when Booms (Bumrah ) Come to bowl. “
“Now (de Villiers) and Boom are great fights, they went over each other, a bit of boxing, but we didn’t have enough runs to defend Boom … but we were still very close.” Made Sri Lanka’s batting more spectacular.
Jayawardene said that the message for Kishan is to take the game deeper when they lose wickets very often.
He said, “During the middle period we just wanted to make sure that he would bat during the innings. We knew that he could put his bowling under pressure, so the message for him was to take it deep, because we took some wickets Had lost, so he performed brilliantly and gave his chance, played some good shots.
“It was a fantastic partnership between him and Polly and (they) almost got us home,” the head coach said.