Harbhajan not happy with the performance of his batsmen – Cricket News Update
After a humiliating defeat against Delhi Daredevils, the Mumbai Indians’ skipper, Harbhajan Singh blames the poor batting display as the major reason for his side’s seven-wicket loss in the Indian Premier League match, on Monday April 16, 2012 at the Wankhede
Batting first, Mumbai were bowled out on an embarrassing 92 – the tournament’s lowest total, leaving the Daredevils with an easy task, which they achieved convincingly with the loss of just three wickets in 14.5 overs.
"We lost lot of wickets in the first six overs to be 20-odd for two which was the main cause of not achieving whatever we wanted to on the score front. We lost the game in the first six overs,” said the right-arm spinner during the post match press conference.
The rout began as early as the second over of the match, with young Delhi spinner, Shahbaz Nadeem, cleaning up explosive opener Richard Levi, before accounting for Davy Jacobs in his next over. Despite Rohit Sharma (29) holding one end tight, the Mumbai
outfit kept on losing wickets from the other end and was reduced to 6 for 44.
Harbhajan then offered stability to top score with 33, but their opponents continued to make swift inroads as Harbhajan and Sharma remained the only batters to cross the double- digit mark – leading to an overall poor outing for the hosts.
"It was difficult for us to score runs as we continued losing wickets. We were not able to rotate the strike and also giving away wickets. That was the turning point in the game," Harbhajan explained.
Bhajji also praised the bowling efforts of their counterparts, especially Nadeem, but fell that his batters were weak in their defensive play. “It wasn't something special he did, he was not spinning the ball much nor the flight trajectory was really great,”
said the Mumbai Indians' captain.
Following their second home defeat, the Mumbai Indians will be hoping to have their star batsman, Sachin Tendulkar, back for their next game against Kings XI Punjab on April 22. The veteran has not played since the opening match, where he was struck on his
fingers. He is expected to return in the near future after taking part in a practice session.