IPL 6: I knew the game was ours, says Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma
Despite a nail-biting last-ball finish against Punjab, Rohit Sharma said he was confident that his bowlers would earn Mumbai victory. He paid tribute to his sides fielding, especially Kieron Pollard, who took a spectacular catch to get rid of Shaun Marsh.
In a last-ball finish the Mumbai Indians edged past Kings XI Punjab by 4 runs at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday. Chasing 175 for victory, Punjab were bowled out for 170 in the last ball of the match.
Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma was declared Man of the Match for a blistering 39-ball 79. "I thought Malinga would finish the game in the 19th over but it wasn't to be," said Sharma after the win.
"Despite that I knew our bowlers would restrict them within our total. Our fielding was excellent, it is something we have been working on for some time now," added Sharma, who has now won all three games that he has taken charge of.
Pragyan Ojha, who wasn't scheduled to play this game due to viral fever, finished with impressive figures of 2/22 in three overs. "The catch by Kieron Pollard to dismiss Shaun Marsh was outstanding. That was more his wicket than mine," said Ojha after the match.
"The wicket was a good batting track and despite posting 174, we couldn't take the runs for granted," added Ojha.
David Hussey was the stand-in captain after Adam Gilchrist decided to drop himself from the side in favour of Shaun Marsh.
"Very disappointed with the result, I thought we should have chased down the total," said Hussey.
Hussey also bowled the last over of the Mumbai innings and conceded 27 runs, which proved crucial in the end. "I'll probably never bowl the last over again. But we have to dust ourselves down and win at least five of the seven games we have remaining," he added.