Even as wickets tumbled for RCB, Rohit had no plans for how to contain the runs. Mayank Markande has been a successful spinner for MI, who picks up wickets and puts a stop on run flow. Someone needs to inform Rohit Sharma about this. He did not give Markande the full quota of his over on a wicket that was turning more than 3 degrees on an average. What as Rohit Sharma thinking?
RCB was at 143-7 in 18.5 overs. And guess what, Rohit Sharma came up with a genius idea to gift freebies to RCB. As stated earlier, Indian batsmen are good players of spin. Likewise, overseas players are by default good players of pace bowling. Colin de Grandhomme had just come to the crease and Rohit asked Mitchell McClenaghan, a pacer, to bowl the final over. The pacer leaked 24 runs. His bowling has no strategy and discipline. He got smashed all over the park and RCB ended up with a respectable score of 167-7.
Chasing the modest target, Ishan Kishan was clean bowled by a stunning delivery by Tim Southee in the very first over. Evin Lewis was not playing for Mumbai and the team clearly missed him. Mumbai Indians lacked the fire-power from the top, something that RCB had in Manan Vohra. JP Duminy faced too many deliveries and did not score as many runs as he would have liked. His slow-paced innings cost the team.
Rohit Sharma successfully scored a golden duck yet again. Umesh Yadav bowled a short pitch ball and God knows why he tries to come in the line of the ball. He was caught behind. He failed as a captain and a player. He did not score when the team needed him and this has been the constant feature with him in this tournament. The man lacks self-confidence. He is not taking responsibility and leading team from the front.
Another pertinent question - why is Kieron Pollard still in the team? He has scored 76 runs till now with a strike rate marginally above 103. He is a consistent non-performer and a liability for the team. The MI team management needs to do some serious thinking about his place in the team. Ben Cutting should have been sent ahead of him and it could have turned the game on its head. A huge captaincy failure on Rohit's part.
The death bowling of RCB was brilliant, unlike MI. Mumbai had too many to score with batsmen who laked class to handle the pressure. Hardik and Krunal failed to deliver it for them. With this defeat, MI is on the verge of an exit from the tournament.