IPL 2022: Rohit Sharma downplays MI’s inability to win opening games after DC chased 178


IPL 2022: Mumbai Indians lost the opening game of their season for the 10th straight as Delhi Capitals rode a late blitz from Lalit Yadav and Axar Patel to stun the five-time champion and successfully chase a 178-run target in the Brabourne Stadion.

Ishan Kishan's 81 in vain as Mumbai lost to Delhi on Sunday (Courtesy BCCI/PTI)

Ishan Kishan’s 81 in vain as Mumbai lost to Delhi on Sunday (Courtesy BCCI/PTI)


  • The Mumbai Indians have lost the opening game of their season for the tenth straight season
  • MI captain Rohit Sharma looked disappointed after missing a chance to win
  • He downplayed Mi’s problems on opening day in the IPL

Mumba Indians captain Rohit Sharma looked disappointed after missing an opportunity to win the 2022 Indian Premier League opener against Delhi Capitals at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

A late flash from Lalit Yadav (48*) and Axar Patel (38*) helped Delhi Capitals rebound from 104/6 and chased 178 with 10 balls and 4 wickets to spare the Mumbai Indians.

While M Ashwin (2/14) and Basil Thampi (3/35) delivered the ball, Mumbai Indians star pacer Jasprit Bumrah gave away 43 runs in 3.2 overs as Delhi clawed a win from the jaws of defeat on Sunday .

The 4-wicket loss in the opener of the 2022 IPL meant the Mumbai Indians have not won their opening match in the moneyed league since 2012. However, captain Rohit said he doesn’t mind the unadjusted stats, adding that they are preparing well for both and every game.

Mumbai is known for starting slowly, but they often come back from behind and reach the knockout stages. Rohit’s men have won five titles since 2013, proving to be the most successful team in league history.

“Honestly, that was never discussed. We’re always prepared, whether it’s the first game or the last, we want to try to win every game. But we made some mistakes on the field that didn’t go according to plan are. But things like that can happen. We just have to hold on to it within the group. Disappointed but it’s not the end,” Rohit said.


Ishan Kishan hit an 81 from just 49 balls while Rohit scored himself on 41 as Mumbai Indians hit a par total of 177 for 5 in 20 overs, despite Kuldeep Yadav taking 3 wickets for Delhi in his first game for the new franchise.

With newcomer Tymal Mills taking the coveted wicket of Rishabh Pant for just 1, the Mumbai Indians were headed for victory but they let Axar and Lalit dictate the terms.

“I thought it was a good result. It didn’t look like a pitch where you could get more than 170 in the beginning. But we played really well in the middle and finished very well too. Good result the board, it it’s just that we didn’t roll according to plan,” added Rohit.

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