After MI's defeat against LSG, captain Hardik Pandya points the finger…

After MI's defeat against LSG, captain Hardik Pandya points the finger...

Hardik Pandya at the post-match presentation ceremony© X (Twitter)

After his team's 4-wicket defeat against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 at the Ekana Cricket Stadium, Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Hardik Pandya said that after losing the first few wickets, it was difficult for them to recover. Pandya displayed a sloppy batting performance as he was dismissed for a golden duck in the sixth over of the first innings by Naveen-ul-Haq. However. while bowling, the skipper picked up two wickets in his four-over spell and gave away 26 runs at an economy rate of 6.50.

Speaking after the match, Pandya said his team did not see the ball and did not bat. He added that there was a lot to learn from their match against LSG.

The skipper praised Nehal Wadhera and said that the 23-year-old will play a lot in IPL in future and represent India.

Wadhera scored 46 runs off 41 balls at a strike rate of 112.20 against LSG. He smashed 4 fours and 2 sixes during his stay on the field.

“I think it's difficult to recover from losing early wickets and that's what we couldn't do (recover) today. You still have to see the ball and hit it. We missed out on few these balls and came out, that's the kind of season we've had so far I always thought you'd be up, but you had to give it your all. There's a lot to learn from this. match, I think he (Wadhera) did last year too, he couldn't get opportunities earlier (in the tournament) but he will play a lot of IPL and (represent) India. eventually,” Pandya said.

To recap the match, LSG won the toss and elected to bowl first. Mumbai Indians couldn't get going from the start, losing four wickets for 27 runs in the powerplay itself. Nehal Wadhera (46), Ishan Kishan (32) and Tim David (35*) tried their best but were able to take their team to just 144/7 in their 20 overs.

Mohsin Khan (2/36) was the pick of the bowlers for Australia, while Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Yadav, Naveen ul Haq and Stoinis got a wicket each.

In the 145-run chase, LSG also faced a stiff challenge from the MI bowlers and lost wickets at regular intervals. Stoinis' knock of 62 in 45 balls, featuring seven fours and two sixes proved just enough to take LSG to a four-wicket victory with four balls and four wickets remaining.

After this victory, LSG occupies third place with six victories and four defeats, giving it 12 points. Meanwhile, MI are in ninth place with three wins, seven losses and six points.

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