Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma said “intelligent batting” was key on the slow pitches of the M.A. Chidambaram stadium after his side edged out Sunrisers Hyderabad by 13 runs on Saturday.

Electing to bat first on a sluggish track, Mumbai got off to a flying start with openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, posting 53 runs in the Powerplay. However, the SRH bowlers rallied back with quick wickets before a Kieron Pollard cameo (35 off 22) powered Mumbai to 150/5 in 20 overs.

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“The slowishness of the deck doesn’t allow batsmen to come and slog straightaway. One set batter carrying through is needed, which is what’s not happening for all of the teams that have played here. Polly (Pollard) has done it for so many years for us at the back end. We have the confidence in him. It’s all about him getting some time in the middle,” Rohit said at the post-match…

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