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Hardik Pandya's Admission After MI's Another Loss: "I Needed To Do"

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Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Hardik Pandya called for more "discipline" and "courage" from his team following their third consecutive loss in the IPL 2024 season. After being asked to bat first, MI found themselves struggling at 20 for 4 in the fourth over, unable to recover from the early setbacks and only managed to post 125 for nine in their allotted 20 overs. Rajasthan Royals (RR) comfortably chased down the target with 27 balls to spare, securing a six-wicket victory.

Reflecting on the disappointing performance, Hardik Pandya expressed his disappointment, stating, "We didn't start the way we wanted to, tough night tonight." Despite the string of losses, Pandya remained optimistic about his team's capabilities, emphasizing the need for discipline and courage to turn their fortunes around.

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Hardik Pandya's 21-ball 34 had initially provided a glimmer of hope for MI, but their momentum faltered after his dismissal by Yuzvendra Chahal. Admitting his responsibility, Pandya remarked, "I think we were in a decent position to give us a chance to get to 150 or 160 but my wicket allowed them to get back more into the game, I needed to do a lot more."

RR's bowlers, led by Yuzvendra Chahal (3/11) and Trent Boult (3/22), played a pivotal role in restricting MI's total and setting up the win. Reflecting on the bowlers' performance, Pandya acknowledged the importance of their contribution and the unpredictability of the game.

RR skipper Sanju Samson attributed the toss to be a crucial factor in determining the match's outcome, acknowledging the challenging conditions at the start of the game. Despite the early setbacks, RR capitalized on Riyan Parag's brilliant unbeaten 54-run innings to secure the victory.

Riyan Parag, who played a crucial role in RR's successful chase, credited his simplified approach and domestic cricket experience for his performance. Boult, who received the Player of the Match award for his three-wicket haul, praised the team's bowling attack and highlighted the impact of newcomer Nandre Burger.

Overall, the match showcased the unpredictability and competitive nature of the IPL, with both teams showcasing talent and resilience on the field.

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