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Rohit: A clinical performance
- Rayudu & Simmons hit half-centuries in Mumbai Indians’ 7-wicket victory

Ambati Rayudu

Mumbai Indians on Monday defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad convincingly by seven wickets and captain Rohit Sharma described their show as their most clinical performance of IPL VII.

“It was a perfect game for us. I believe it was the most clinical performance by us so far this year,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation in Hyderabad.

Poor batting has often let the MI down this season. It was no wonder that Rohit also praised opener Lendl Simmons and No. 3 Ambati Rayudu for stitching together a 130-run partnership for the third wicket that laid the foundation for the victory.

“Even our batting was perfect today. We always looked for a good opening stand and solid middle-order batting. Today we got that as Simmons got us off to flying start. He smacked the ball pretty well. And then we got to see some brilliant batting after Rayudu joined him in the middle,” he added.

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Rohit Sharma: It was a perfect game for us. I believe it was the most clinical performance by us so far this year.

We are capable of such a performance and we always expected this from the team. First of all, we bowled well to restrict them to 157 for three. And then we chased it down with ease… it was simply superb. I think we did everything right today ever since we went out in the field.

I must give credit to the bowlers for the way they bowled today. It is not easy to bowl to players like David Warner and Aaron Finch, especially when they are set.

Even our batting was perfect today. We always looked for a good opening stand and solid middle-order batting. Today we got that as Simmons got us off to flying start. He smacked the ball pretty well. and then we got to see some brilliant batting after Rayudu joined him in the middle. Having good partnerships is crucial to win games, and I am happy that today we got that.

As I had said after the last match, we will treat every match now as knock-out and take one at a time. We are happy to have got one out of our way. We will keep doing the right things from our end.

Shikhar Dhawan: We carry a lot of confidence whenever we play here, as we are not used to losing much here. But, today we played on a new track and we were not sure of how it would play. It was a typical batsman’s pitch. We needed more runs on the board and we were probably 20 runs short.

A score of 157 was not a bad total on this track, but they batted well. They had the measure of our bowlers and used the track pretty well. We are disappointed with this loss, but if we win the next few games we will be back in the mix.

Ambati Rayudu (MoM): I am happy with this innings. It came after some time. Perhaps my head was in the UAE, my legs were in Hyderabad and my bat somewhere else…

I had to bring them all together. My technique was going haywire. So I worked hard in the nets to bring it back in order. The coaches also helped me a lot.

Simmons batted beautifully and took a lot of pressure off me. He ensured that I could go and play all my shots. We started taking on the bowlers as soon as we got set. It is a good win and we have to keep the momentum going forward.

Kieron Pollard: We didn’t start the tournament well and even in the last game, we lost. So, obviously there was pressure on us to win. If you see the trend in IPL, defending champions, barring Chennai Super Kings, don’t do well.