Blaming the batsmen for surrendering meekly to Kolkata Knight Riders' varied bowling attack in their IPL match, Mumbai Indians coach Robin Singh said that terming the team's batting as "extremely poor" is an understatement on this Wankhede wicket.
Mumbai Indians player Sachin Tendulkar was bowled by Kolkata Knight Riders player Sunil Narinet during the match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede Stadium. HT Photo by Kunal Patil
Chasing a modest 141, the Mumbai
outfit lost wickets at regular intervals to be shot out for 108 in 19.1 overs to go down to the Knight Riders by 32 runs on Wednesday, their second lowest total of the season after the paltry 92 made against Delhi Daredevils at this venue.
"The batting has been extremely poor. That's an understatement on a wicket like this. I think we should have scored the runs. We did not show any intent at the end of first six overs," said Robin after his team's fifth defeat in eight home games at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
"Obviously then a total of 140 almost becomes like a 16-over game that you are playing," added the former India player.
Refusing to blame the wicket for the defeat, Robin said it was a track on which his batsmen should have comfortably chased down the 141-run target.
"Wicket was fine, nothing wrong with the wicket. It was a plumb batting wicket as far as I am concerned. We could not chase 140. Obviously we did not bat well," said Robin.
"We have been batting well in patches. We have won very close games. This is a batsmen's game. The batters have to come up and put the (opposition) bowlers under pressure. If you allow the bowlers to come into the game then you are in trouble," insisted Robin.