Kolkata’s Venkanesh Iyer and Nitish Rana added 43 runs each for the first wicket. Ajinkya Rahane 25 (24) and Ring Singh 23 (19) added some runs as Kolkata scored 165/9 in 20 overs.
Jaspreem Bhumra took 5/10 wickets.
Ishant Kishan was the only Mumbai batsman to score a big 51 (43). None of the others crossed the 15+ mark. Seven, including Rohit Sharma, added only single-digit runs. Thus, the Mumbai team scored only 113/10 at the end of 17.3 overs and lost by 52 runs.
Interview with Rohit:
Speaking after appearing in the match, Rohit Sharma spoke openly about the reason for the defeat. “It was a great thing to control Kolkata by 165 runs. The bowlers performed better. Bumra’s bowling in particular was immense. The batteries are just not right. They did not play as well as expected. This is not a difficult pitch to bat on, ”he said.
He further said, “We have played up to 4 matches in this pitch. Thus, you will know how to play here. The main reason for the failure was that the batteries did not form a partnership. Look at the opponent. They scored 100 runs in 10 overs. After that the bowlers performed better and were able to give the comeback. The batting department has not performed well this season, ”he said.