IPL 2019, KKR vs MI: Mumbai's Quinton de Kock rues lack of support for Hardik Pandya after 34-run loss

Quinton said, "We would have loved a couple of less wickets when Kieron (Pollard) and Hardik walked in. But, no one batting with Hardik made it harder for us."

Press Trust of India, Apr 29, 2019 16:18:57 IST

Mumbai Indians' (MI) Quinton de Kock has rued the lack of support for Hardik Pandya, whose incredible power-hitting kept Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on tenterhooks till the final ball of the 18th over here.

Chasing 233, Hardik's 91 from 34 balls kept MI in the hunt till his dismissal swung the game in favour of KKR at the Eden Garden.

Quinton de Kock felll for a duck on Sunday. Sportzpics

Quinton de Kock felll for a duck on Sunday. Sportzpics

"We would have loved a couple of less wickets when Kieron (Pollard) and Hardik walked in. But, unfortunately, it didn't happen today so there's the collapse and no one batting with Hardik made it harder for us," the South African said at the post-match news conference on Sunday.

De Kock got out without opening his account, after top-edging Sunil Narine in the second over.

"When you have to score of 233, you need to play one or two shots anyway. You have to try against any bowler who comes on and take a chance to get things going.

"So if I hit that ball for four or six, you probably would have said 'great shot' but unfortunately I got out," he said about his slog-sweep.

The bowlers have too little in the batsmen-dominated format and De Kock said it's more to do with the batting-friendly sub-continent wickets.

"In India, they have generally very small fields, while wicket is batting friendly. Australia have bigger ground, while there's a bit in the wicket for South Africa. Here it is more batting friendly anyway. Bowlers are always under pressure."

De Kock further said he hated every minute of keeping to Russell who slammed a 40-ball 80 not out.

"I'm not joking, I hated every minute of it. You can't fault him. He took his time, and then did what he does the best. You just have to appreciate what is done. Not just this game but in the IPL. Hope he doesn't do it again against us," he said.

Mumbai Indians will have a return-leg clash against KKR on 5 May which will be their last clash in the league round. Needing a win to seal a playoff berth, Mumbai Indians next face Sunrisers Hyderabad at home on 2 May.

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Updated Date: Apr 29, 2019 16:18:57 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254