The defending champions Mumbai Indians have begun their campaign with two successive defeats and after suffering their second loss in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), skipper Rohit Sharma felt that his side wasn't able to put a fighting total against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Three-time champion MI lost to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their opening game and were handed another defeat on Thursday when SRH pulled off a thrilling last-ball win.
Chasing a modest 148, Hyderabad were going good, scoring 73/1 at a stage. However, after a batting collapse, Deepak Hooda's 32 off 25 balls followed by Billy Stanlake's boundary off the final delivery guided the hosts home.
Speaking after the match, Rohit Sharma said: "Being at the receiving end for the second time is tough to digest. It wasn't a good enough total, and our batsmen should have done better."
The 30-year-old however, was in all praise for his bowlers and felt is a huge boost for the team when the youngsters perform.
"The bowlers showed a lot of character to get us back into the game. We have a great squad, and for the youngsters to come out and perform, it's amazing. They have a long way to go," Rohit said.
It all came down the wire in the end but it was the hosts who prevailed victorious as they won by 1-wicket in the end. Rohit said that it isn't the best feeling when one is at the losing end of the side.
"Tough luck, we fought till the end, but to lose isn't a great feeling," expressed the MI skipper.
Mumbai Indians will take on Delhi Daredevils at home on Saturday while Sunrisers Hyderabad will face Kolkata Knight Riders in an away fixture on April 14.
(With IANS Inputs)