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Kishan was not fresh, says Rohit after Mumbai’s Super Over strategy questioned

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said Ishan Kishan was not fresh for the Super Over after the team’s thrilling loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.

The 2016 U-19 World Cup skipper Kishan was fantastic when he pulled his team back in the game following a 119-run partnership with big-hitting West Indian Kieron Pollard.

In chase of a mammoth 202, Mumbai replied exactly with 201-5 after Kishan struck Ishuru Udana for two consecutive sixes before losing his wicket in the fifth ball of the innings leaving Mumbai with just five to get from one. Pollard had forced the Super Over smacking a four at deep square leg.

Kishan displayed some fearless power hitting with nine massive sixes in his 58-ball 99 and with the blood still boiling, he was expected to bat in the Super Over. But instead Mumbai sent Pollard and Hardik Pandya and skipper Rohit himself came after the dismissal of the former.

Mumbai made just seven runs before AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli set sail the ship for Bangalore. With the strategy of not letting Kishan bat, Rohit came up with the clarification soon after the match.

“Kishan was drained out and he was not comfortable for the Super Over. He was not feeling fresh and Hardik is someone we trust hitting the long balls, the skipper said.

“Its not coming off but we’re confident. Seven runs, you have to have luck on your side and get a wicket in the first two balls. And that unfortunate edge over fine leg made it two in two for them,” added Sharma refering to De Villiers’s edge that carried to the fine leg boundary of Jaspreet Bumrah.

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