Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets on Thursday in the 34th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Mumbai has had a poor start in the second phase of IPL 2021. He has faced defeat in two consecutive matches. Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya was not included in the playing XI in both the matches. MI bowling coach Shane Bond has given an update about Hardik Pandya that soon he can be seen playing in the playing XI of Mumbai Indians.
After the match, Shane Bond said in the virtual press conference, ‘Hardik is doing his training well. Soon he will return to the field. We are clearly balancing the needs of our team as well as the needs of Team India. So, one thing that this franchise does very well is taking care of its players. We are not just trying to win this competition but also looking forward to next month’s T20 World Cup. So, hopefully Hardik will be picked for the next match.
Shane Bond also said that we do not want to make any haste in Hardik’s return to the team. We do not want him to be injured and ruled out of the remaining matches of the tournament. Talking about the match played on Thursday, Mumbai Indians, batting first, scored 155 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. This target was achieved by KKR in the 19th over for the loss of three wickets.
This is Mumbai’s second consecutive defeat in the second phase of IPL 2021. On the other hand, KKR have registered two consecutive wins. With this win, KKR have moved up to the fourth position in the points table. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians have dropped to number six after this defeat.