Though Mumbai Indians was the favourite team before going into the contest but no one would have imagined such sort of domination from them, as they chased down the target of 199 in just 15.3 overs to hand KXIP their fourth consecutive loss.
The MI side started this steep chase in their own style, as the team with a slogan ‘Duniya Hila Denge’ really moved KXIP bowlers and sent them on a leather chase.
The opening pair of Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler kicked off the chase in the best way it could have been, as ball travelling to the boundary ropes was the only scene during first 35 balls, as these two shared 81 runs for the first wicket.
The chase didn’t slow down after Parthiv’s dismissal, as Nitish Rana, the number three batsman perfectly imitated Parthiv and scored 62 off just 34 deliveries to give Mumbai Indians a big win. The left-handed batsman was talking in terms of sixes, as in his innings of 62, he smashed seven sixes and no fours.
Rohit Sharma was elated with this win over KXIP and heaped praises over his Mumbai’s batting line-up and said-
“Incredible game to be a part of. Something reminded me of the game in 2014 when we chased down 195. To be able to go and chase a target in 15 overs was fantastic. Not to forget Hashim Amla played one of the finest knocks we’ve seen. The talk in the dressing room was the ground is small and we backed our batsmen to play their shots. The way Jos and Parthiv started off was amazing. We all know Jos’ capability with the bat and Parthiv was brilliant with his cameo. He is coming off a good First Class season and is carrying it on here. The bowling is something we need to look into. They are proven match winners not just for Mumbai Indians but for their respective countries as well. It is always challenging for them, the batsmen come after them and they need to always keep thinking. But the management and I are constantly backing them. You need to be on the money and you shouldn’t lose the momentum which is something that we know very well. We have focussed only on one opponent at a time and we need to stay focussed.”