Rohit Sharma led from the front for the Mumbai Indians, as his assault at the top of the order left the Royal Challengers Bangalore simply clueless at the Wankhede Stadium. Sharma was a class apart as he built the Mumbai innings and then accelerated in his typical fashion. A win over tournament favorites Royal Challengers Bangalore will undoubtedly provide a sense of relief and momentum to the Mumbai Indians.
Things began well for the hosts as Rohit won a decisive toss and put Bangalore into bat. The visitors seemed to be on course for a massive total, but Krunal Pandya’s double-wicket over, where he dismissed Kohli and De Villiers changed the course. The chase was finished off by Kieron Pollard, who was back at his best. Jos Buttler played a decisive cameo as well.
In the post-match presentation, Rohit was delighted to win the win and praised his batsmen for their improved performance. “I think we wanted to play this kind of a game. Bowlers did well to restrict that team to 170. There wasn’t much in the pitch for them. Krunal Pandya bowled well in the middle and so did Harbhajan. We executed our plans, and to come out and bat like that was a perfect example of how we can play. Last year, there were hardly any batsmen in the top five. Everybody is willing to take responsibility this time too,” said Rohit.
Rohit was quick to praise overseas stars Buttler and Pollard for their power hitting. Sharma also mentioned Ambati Rayudu for setting up the platform for him. Buttler played a cameo and Pollard finished off. They are match-winners for their respective countries and we want them to do well. Credit to Rayudu too for playing pretty brilliantly. It’s important for the top order to build the platform. The wicket tonight was good and the momentum was with us,” Rohit said.
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