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‘Ishan Kishan is holding back Rohit Sharma’ – MI fans disappointed at losing openers early in 199-run chasefans react

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

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