Ishan Kishan is keeping Mumbai Indians in the hunt in their last league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In a must-win game for the defending champions, Kishan raced to a fifty off just 16 balls hitting eight fours and two sixes in the process. Kishan has found his lost form. He has scored the fastest fifty in this IPL season off just 16 balls and is not finished yet.
Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bat first. Rohit Sharma, at the toss, looked at the near-impossible equation of making the playoffs. he also looked back at a season of ifs and buts for Mumbai Indians.
“The numbers are pretty scary, but we are going to give it all. Let’s hope we can come out and do what we love to do. It’s important to enjoy the game as well. It’s been an on-and-off season for us. This is a great opportunity for us to do something that’s never been done before. Our batters have’t come collectively and performed as a team in the UAE leg. But these guys have done exceedingly well for respective teams” said Rohit.
Half century in just 16 balls
My king Ishan Kishan is here to rule 👑 pic.twitter.com/gn6nJL4sv4
— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) October 8, 2021
Eagerly want Ishan Kishan & KL Rahul to open one innings for India in the upcoming T20 world cup.! Yesterday's Klassy KL Raul's knock & today Ishan Kishan's knock.!Both can thrash opponents on their day.!
— Deep Point (@ittzz_spidey) October 8, 2021
Don’t forget that this youngster was dropped after a streak of low-scoring matches and was not backed. What a slap, Ishan Kishan. What a slap.
— 🦉 (@18inarow) October 8, 2021
Fasted 50 in IPL history:
14 Balls KL Rahul
15 Balls Yusuf Pathan
15 Balls Sunil Narine
16 Balls Suresh Raina
16 Balls Ishan Kishan
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) October 8, 2021
Ishan Kishan just brought up the fastest 50 this season! He’s hitting them sweet! #SRHvMI
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) October 8, 2021
Ishan Kishan facing any delivery pic.twitter.com/bl6w2fRNcv
— Rajabets India🇮🇳👑 (@smileandraja) October 8, 2021
4,4,4,4,2 by Ishan Kishan…Happy to see him back, important for India as well in T20 World Cup.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 8, 2021
Meanwhile, promotion in the batting order has worked wonders for Kishan. He has scored two back-to-back fifties. Kishan was benched after a string of failures. Since his comeback, he has been batting like a dream and has continued against Sunrisers as well.
Manish Pandey at the toss explained the reason behind him walking out at the toss. He spoke about Kane Williamson picking up an elbow niggle and Bhuvneshwar Kumar Yadav also picking up a niggle.
“My first game as IPL captain. Last minute call. Kane had a niggle on his elbow, Bhuvi has a niggle too. We would have batted first too. We will look to bowl first and look to give Bombay little chance. I know they are going to come all guns blazing but we are ready” said Pandey.