Due to injury Rohit Sharma could not play in match against KXIP. Today, he returned with a bang against RR. This was his 100th match as captain for Mumbai Indians. He has captained MI in IPL for 95 matches and in 5 matches in CLT20. Also, today’s match is 200th match of MI against RR.
RR won the toss and invited Mumbai Indians for batting. The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock gave a fabulous start to MI innings. They scored 57 runs in power play without losing any wicket. Skipper Rohit Sharma scored 47 runs in 32 balls. He and Quinton de Kock added 96 runs for opening stand in 10.5 overs. Quinton de Kock scored a half century. He scored 81 runs in 52 balls.
After Rohit Sharma got out, no other batsman was able to set on wickets and MI lost their wickets simultaneously. Once MI was looking as they will set 200+ runs target to RR, but due to loosing wickets very fast they felt short by 10-15 runs. In the end Hardik Pandya cameo’s helped Mumbai Indians to set a target of 188 runs to RR. So Rajasthan Royals need to give a good opening if they want to win this match.
What happened today was amazing and has been never seen by any batsmen to avoid stumps. This happened at fourth bowl of ninth over. Rohit Sharma was on strike and Krishnappa Gowtham was bowling. Rohit Sharma was batting very attack-tingly. He came outside of the crease almost two steps to play on front foot. Krishnappa Gowtham noticed this and bowled a very wide ball in leg side. Hats-off to Rohit Sharma, he used his presence of mind and pushed the ball towards leg side by his leg. If he has missed the ball, Jos Buttler who was wicket-keeping behind the wickets would surley stumped him down.