Mumbai Indians have faltered in their chase on 199 against the Punjab Kings. They lost both openers within the powerplay, and were 33 for 2 at the end of five overs.
Rohit Sharma began batting with the same confidence he has shown throughout the season. He took on Vaibhav Arora, taking 12 runs off the opening over and laid into Kagiso Rabada as well. He hit three fours and two sixes during his stay at the crease, but couldn’t couldn’t go beyond 27. In the fourth over he holed out to Kagiso Rabada, Arora taking the catch at short fine leg.
Ishan Kishan, meanwhile had taken just a fraction of the strike and made just three runs. Four balls later, Arora bowled a beautiful length delivery that seamed away from the left-hander and drew the faintest of edged. Ishan knew he’d nicked it, and walked off shaking his head.
After four straight defeats, this match is a must-win for Mumbai if they are to retain any hopes of qualifying for the playoffs. They took a call to field five bowlers, but that didn’t go as planned. All five were taken apart by the Punjab openers, with Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan scoring brisk half-centuries.
MI fans on Twitter expressed discontent at their openers failing once again.
MI lose openers early, fans on Twitter criticise Ishan Kishan
For the past 3 games ishan is playing like someone has taken his soul out of him. Carrying too much pressure is just hurting his natural game and it’s worrying #ishankishan #Mumbaiindians #IPL2022 https://t.co/yKCu4IY163
— adendukuri45 (@AhladDendukuri) April 13, 2022
Why Ishan does not play attacking always Rohit has to take the risk, you guys bought him for 15.25 crore to play test cricket
— Vishalkt (@VishalKrThakur3) April 13, 2022
This is why i never liked Ishan kishan with Rohit Sharma as opener. Ishan literally can't rotate strike. Either big shots or dot balls. He needs to improve man.
— ANSHUMAN🚩 (@AvengerReturns) April 13, 2022
Ishan Kishan is pulling down Rohit Sharma. QDK was a better patner imo .
— ` (@FourOverthrows) April 13, 2022
Ishan Kishan has been disappointing so far. That 81* he got against DC also came against a listless bowling unit in a day game that negates help for seamers. We surely expected better things from him. Must work on it.
— i (@ShaheenHypebot) April 13, 2022
Ishan Kishan always appears to me as a struggler when the ball moves. I hope I'm wrong but that's what he seems for now
— Udit (@udit_buch) April 13, 2022
Ishan admires Rohit so much and can't stay away from him for longer.
— movieman (@movieman777) April 13, 2022