Defending champions Mumbai Indians weren’t quite up to the mark in the first lef of Indian Premier League 2021, where they played five matches in Chennai. They lost three matches out of five and had a dreadful start to the tournament. Until their Delhi leg, they didn’t look like defending champions and former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris explains the reason behind this poor start. Read more – Is it in the spirit of the game? Brad Hogg furious over Dhawal Kulkarni’s move on the last ball
Speaking on the Star Sports Cricket Live, Styris revealed that the pitch in Chennai was dreadful, which restricted Mumbai Indians batsmen like Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya to hit big shots. These two batsmen were out of their comfort zones and which is why they failed to amass runs and score impactful knocks.
“You can’t judge Mumbai and what they’ve done so far — this Chennai, it was a dreadful cricket pitch. They’re out of there. Now, they’re getting back onto a surface that they are more comfortable with. I think we’ll see their players flourish and show their skills,” he said.
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“I’d love to CSK win it, because I think that really does make them title contenders — they’re already title contenders, but this will really solidify that. Other than that, Mumbai is still the favourite in this competition,” Styris added.
“The power rankings, which you mentioned, I still have Mumbai at number one. So, I’m sticking to that, I think Mumbai, will go in as favourites. However, the performances CSK has given, they could win this as well. I think this is a bit of a test for CSK, because I think you still need to judge yourself against Mumbai juggernaut,” Styris said on the show.
Mumbai Indians break shackles; Chase 219 against Chennai Super Kings
Yesterday, Mumbai Indians played their second match in Delhi, a ground which has been helpful for the batsmen as the ball is coming nice on the bat. However, it is quite cruel for bowlers, who have a pretty little margin of error. During the match, Mumbai Indians bowlers conceded 218 runs as Bumrah and Boult looked off the mark and went for a lot of runs. However, their batsmen rose to the occasion, especially Kieron Pollard, who scored a blistering knock to take hi team home. With that, Mumbai Indians chase a total of more than 200 for the first time in the tournament history.