The three-time IPL Champions Mumbai Indians (MI) finally came back to winning ways after registering a comprehensive 46-run victory against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Tuesday night at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Interestingly, it was a thoroughly professional performance by the home team which helped them open their account in the tournament.
Captain Rohit Sharma roared back to form with a sensational 94 of just 52 deliveries. He shared a brilliant stand of 108 runs with Evin Lewis for third-wicket.
Windies southpaw scored 65 of 42 deliveries after Umesh Yadav reduced Mumbai to 0/2 following the first two deliveries of the match.
A late cameo by Hardik Pandya eventually helped Mumbai to go past the 200 mark. They went on to post a mammoth total of 213 for six in their allotted 20 overs.
Kohli was the only batsman who waged a battle and took the match to the 20th over. He kept losing his partners which never allowed him to break free at any stage of the game.
The match was going along pretty nicely until the 12th over. In the 13th over an unfortunate incident forced wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan to walk out of the field.
It was the fourth delivery of the 13th over when an unfortunate incident happened.
Jasprit Bumrah bowled a short of length delivery to Kohli and he pulled it uppishly. It was a half-stop by the short mid-wicket fielder Hardik Pandya. He hurled the ball towards the gloveman. The throw bounced awkwardly from nowhere and smashed Kishan in the face. He was not wearing a helmet and writhed in pain. The physio came rushing in. It hit him on the side of the face and missed his right eye by a whisker.
Hardik who threw the ball was not bemused and looked puzzled. Despite getting up Ishan had to walk-off the field. There was swelling near the right eye. Thankfully it didn’t cause much damage to the youngster.
In the past, former Indian wicket-keeper Saba Karim’s career was cut short after a nasty injury while keeping to Anil Kumble. As per new rules reserve wicket-keeper, Aditya Tare came out to keep and also affected a stumping.
Meanwhile, there was some positive news coming from Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma.
“It was very unfortunate. I haven’t checked on him because after the presentation got over I came here (for the press conference). But he seems to be alright. He has some swelling under his eyes which, I guess, should be okay by tomorrow or day after,” Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said at the post-match press conference.
Hardik Pandya, who has thrown the ball- took to his Twitter handle and apologized to Ishan. He went on to share a picture of him with Ishan.
Hardik wrote,” Mera cutie pie Sorry Bhai! Stay strong.”
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) April 18, 2018