Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene says his side need to start finishing games better while saying there is no need to panic at the start of the season after starting the IPL 2022 with consecutive losses.
Mumbai Indians lost to Rajasthan Royals at Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai on Saturday, their second straight defeat in IPL 2022. Mumbai could only manage to go 170/7 in 20 overs after RR put 193 points on the board. .
IPL 2022: full coverage
Mumbai Indians gave up 70 runs in three overs and could only fire Jos Buttler after scoring a century. Kieron Pollard proved to be the most expensive, giving 42 points, followed by Tymal Mill (35, as well as Daniel Sams and Murugan Ashwin, who gave 32.
Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene said he was not happy his team gave up so many points.
“Another disappointing outing for us. Still lots of good stuff. “
“Three bad overs with the ball, gave up 70 points. This means that we played 17 overs from a very good wicket for 120 runs. In terms of skill, we were very, very good, but it’s just those three bad overs,” he said on the Mumbai Indians’ official Instagram page.
Mumbai was dealt a blow when skipper Rohit Sharma was sacked by fellow Indian bowler Prasidh Krishna (1/37) for just 10 points. Mumbai then had a decent spell with Ishan Kishan (54 runs from 43 balls) and Tilak Varma (61 runs from 33 balls) but lost four wickets for 15 runs in the middle.
Jayawardene said the loss of his key hitters took the game away from the team.
“In the chase we timed really well and we had a bad time with that where we lost 2 of our lead hitters in that situation. So we couldn’t end the game properly.
“I know it’s early days, but we really need to be able to close the games and finish them. Those are discussions we’re going to have.
The coach added that the players were training well but needed concentration in crucial moments to control the game.
“As a coach, I’m happy that the skills are good, the temperament is good, the tempo is good. The awareness of the game for a longer period of time is very, very good.
“But it’s just the lack of focus on those crucial moments that lets us down. So we just have to make sure we don’t make those mistakes again,” he added.