The defending champions Mumbai Indians has clinched their first victory of IPL2020. After losing the inaugural match, MI meant business from ball one. Batting first it was their skipper Rohit Sharma who led from the front.
The MI skipper lit Abh Dhabi, as he played some sublime strokes. He looked at his best today and made 80 in which he hit 6 huge maximums. On the back of Sharma’s knock, MI posted a total of 195 for 5. Surya Kumar Yadav too was impressive for MI as he was the second-highest run-scorer with 47.
Apart from Shivam Mavi and Sunil Narine, the KKR bowling looked completely out of sorts. The biggest disappointment being Pat Cummins who gave away 49 runs in just 3 overs.
Meanwhile chasing the daunting target KKR was never really in the contest. The MI bowlers never allowed them to get away with the game and bowled according to the surface. Rohit Sharma was outstanding with his captaincy as his field placements and bowling changes were spot on. Jasprit Bumrah finally returned to form as he scalped to massive wickets of Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan.
The KKR chase fizzled away in the end as MI clinched an easy win. The 4-time IPL champs bounced back extremely well after the previous match and flexed their muscles against KKR. Mumbai Indians ultimately won the match by 49 runs and maintained their terrific record against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Here’s what the winning captain of MI, Rohit Sharma had to say after the win:
Rohit said, “It was only two players from the 2014 squad. It was all about how we executed our plans today, we were in good positions and it was all about being ruthless. The wicket was good and dew was coming down. I back myself to play the pull shots and have practiced quite a bit. Pretty happy with the performance of my squad.
All my shots were good, can’t pick one. I haven’t played a lot of cricket in the last six months time and was looking to spend some time in the middle; it didn’t come out well in the first innings but glad to have done it tonight”.
“We never knew that the IPL would happen in the UAE so we wanted a pace attack that was strong for the Wankhede. But the ball was seaming around for the first six overs over here as well. We haven’t played much with Trent Boult and Pattinson, but it was good that we were on the same page. It takes a lot out of you to play in these conditions.
Maybe I was a bit tired in the end and it was a lesson for us that one set batsmen needs to bat deep till the end. We’ve seen it in the past and that’s what I tried to do”, Rohit said in the post-match presentation.