Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore by six runs at the Chinaswamy stadium on Thursday.
The fixture was filled with drama till the very last ball, but in the end, the three-time champions managed to sneak over the line. Skipper Rohit Sharma was happy after the visitors registered their first win of the season. It was a huge relief for them after having lost their opening game against Delhi Capitals by 37 runs on Sunday .
During the post match press conference, the MI skipper was full of praises for young Hardik Pandya whose quickfire knock helped Mumbai get to a competitive total of 187/8 in their 20 overs. The all-rounder scored a quickfire 14-ball 32 at a strike rate of 228.57 which included two fours and three sixes.
Following the fixture, Rohit praised his teammate at the post-match press conference, video of which was shared by Mumbai Indians on Twitter.
"He wanted to go out there and get some runs as the last game did not go so well for him. So obviously he had the hunger to go out there and do well. He came out and got those crucial runs in the end", said Rohit.
Pandya had also bowled three overs where he gave away 37 runs without any scalps at an economy of 12.33. However, his skipper backed him by saying that even though he conceded a few runs, he bowled well in the middle overs. At the same time the MI skipper also mentioned that Bengaluru is a pitch where bowlers will go fo runs. The three-time IPL winning skipper then went on to add that his bowling performance was a much improved one than the last game.
"It does augur very well for us if he keeps that form going.He is a crucial member of the team. He is a very flexible batsman as he can bat anywhere. He is a great bowler too and his form is very important to us".