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Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma urged his team’s batsmen to step up after the Indian Premier League (IPL) champions were defeated for the second time this season due to another lackluster performance in the middle overs.

Mumbai Indians reached 67-1 in the seventh over of their game against Delhi Capitals on Tuesday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, but then lost their way, finishing with a paltry 137-9 from their 20 overs.

Rohit’s team had successfully defended low totals in their previous two matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, but they were unable to do so on Tuesday as Delhi won by six wickets.

“After the start we got, I thought we could have very batted well in the middle overs, which we didn’t do,” Rohit said at the presentation ceremony.

“That’s something we need to focus on. It’s been happening time and again.”

Captain Rohit Sharma
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Mumbai were cruising at 86-1 against Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata before being bowled out for 152, while they raised 55 for the opening partnership against Hyderabad but were unable to capitalise on the fast start and were eventually dismissed for 150-5.

Amit Mishra, an experienced Delhi leg-spinner, took 4-24 on Tuesday, including Rohit and hard-hitting middle order batsmen Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard.

“We are just not being able to capitalise on the start that we are getting in the powerplay,” said Rohit, who scored 44 and added 58 for the second wicket with Suryakumar Yadav.

“This is something we need to understand as a batting unit. That is something we failed to do again.

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“But you have got to give credit to Delhi bowlers. They kept us tight in the middle, kept the pressure going and kept taking wickets.”

Source: Channel News Asia

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