IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians’ captain Rohit Sharma aware of Jason Behrendorff’s abilities

IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians’ captain Rohit Sharma aware of Jason Behrendorff’s abilities

The left-armer finished with an impressive spell of 4-0-22-2 against CSK.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: IANS)

After losing their first home game against the Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Mumbai Indians (MI) managed to emerge victorious against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 37 runs to register their 100th victory in the mega tournament. Suryakumar Yadav’s 43-ball 59 followed by whirlwind knocks from Krunal and Hardik Pandya helped them garner 170 in their 20 overs.

While defending the target of 171, the hosts didn’t allow the Super Kings, captained by MS Dhoni, to run away with the encounter. Subsequently, the home team bowled CSK out for 133 in 20 overs. MI’s stupendous bowling performance was started by left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff.

Quite expectantly, Rohit Sharma, the MI’s captain, was all praises for the Australian left-arm seamer. “Jason has been great for Australia with the new ball and we all know what he is capable of. Did the same for us and his spell early on set the tone,” Rohit told in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Behrendorff was picked up by MI in 2018 for a price of INR 1.5 crores, but he couldn’t take part owing to a back injury. He made his debut for the franchise yesterday and finished with an impressive spell of 4-0-22-2. The youngster picked up the wickets of Shane Watson and Suresh Raina inside the powerplay.

We just kept ourselves in the game all the way through

Previously, Mumbai found themselves in trouble after the losses against the Capitals and the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, albeit Rohit’s men managed to brush aside the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Rohit also talked about the significance of the win and admitted that winning a lot of games in the end of the round-robin stage isn’t easy.

“I think every game we play in the IPL is important. Having lost two games at the start, suddenly every match becomes important. We don’t want to keep that task of having to win many games at the end, it’s really difficult. We just wanted to play the brand of cricket Mumbai Indians are known for. We just kept ourselves in the game all the way through and those are good signs,” he added.

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