MI's Pandya Disappoints in High-Scoring IPL Clash Against SRH

MI’s Pandya Disappoints in High-Scoring IPL Clash Against SRH

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Wednesday witnessed a high-scoring affair, with a combined 523 runs scored. SRH posted a formidable 277/3, while MI fell short by 31 runs despite a valiant effort.

Former India star Manoj Tiwary expressed disappointment with MI skipper Hardik Pandya’s performance. Tiwary criticized Pandya’s strike rate of 120, stating that a “big-hitting player” like him should have attempted more boundaries in a high-scoring match.

“Hardik Pandya is a big-hitting player, but he struck at only 120. Yes, the bowling was good at that time, but one thing that irked me was the shots he hit against back-of-length. He was hitting the shots down the ground,” Tiwary said.

“Generally, when the asking rate is 14-15, and you have such a big player, you’d want them to at least try for a six. Attempting to get a single or two, or even a four, wasn’t the demand of the situation. That irked me. And that shows he is not in good form,” he added.

Pandya, however, defended his team’s performance, acknowledging the quality of SRH’s batting and the challenges faced by their young bowling attack. He praised Proteas pacer Kwena Maphaka for his impressive debut.

“Wicket was good, 277 no matter how bad or good you bowl, if the opposition has to score that much, they have batted well. They (the bowlers) were good, it was tough out there, almost 500 runs were scored and the wicket was helping the batters, we could have done a few things here and there, but having said that, we have a young bowling attack and we will learn,” Pandya said.

“He (Kwena Maphaka) was fantastic, coming into his first game and getting overwhelmed, he was alright and backed his skillset, just needs some game time,” he added.

Despite the loss, MI showed signs of improvement, with several batters performing well. The team will look to address their bowling concerns and bounce back in their upcoming matches.