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IPL 2021: Hardik missed out due to niggle, Rohit needed rest, says MI coach Jayawardene

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Allrounder Hardik Pandya was kept out of Sunday’s Indian Premier League game against Chennai Super Kings as a precautionary measure as he had a little niggle, Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene said.

“Hardik was training, had a little niggle so as precaution we thought lets just give him extra days to see how things are but nothing serious,” the former Sri Lankan skipper said during a virtual press conference.

MI skipper Rohit Sharma had also opted out of the match and Jayawardene said he should be available for the next match.

“Rohit was batting and doing his running as well, but after coming back from the UK, we felt that, he probably needed an extra few days, so should be fine to play the next game,” he said.

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Mumbai didn’t have a good start to the resumption of the IPL losing by 20 runs and Jayawardene said that the batters took the responsibility to bat through the innings.

Ruturaj Gaikwad hit an unbeaten 88 while Dwayne Bravo, batting at number eight, smashed 23 off just 8 balls as CSK made 156/6 after opting to bat first. The total proved to be more than enough as CSK restricted MI to 136/8.

“We probably gave couple of soft dismissals. It just needed someone to take a…

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