Rohit Sharma and Kieron pollard set ablaze the Wankhede stadium with some delightful and brave batting as the duo added 97 runs from 9.5 overs for the 5th wicket and powered the Mumbai Indians to a daunting total of 187/5 in their allotted 20 overs.
Mumbai Indians managed to put up a challenging total in front of the Royal challengers after Bangalore’s captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first. Mumbai got of to an average start as Ben Dunk was dismissed in the 4th over after making 15 runs and providing the Mumbai Indians with a quick start.
CM Gautam took control of the innings as soon as Dunk was dismissed and along with Ambati Rayadu, he took the innings forward. Mumbai were cruising along with the proceedings at 71/1 in the 8th over but the Mumbai Indians suffered a mini collapse in the middle of the innings as they went from being 71/1 to 84/4 and lost the wickets of Gautam, Rayadu and Corey Andersen in the meanwhile.
It was at this point that Rohit Sharma joined hands with Keiron Pollard in the middle and stabled the innings after the sudden fall of wickets and took their time to get set and use the last 4 overs to launch the attack late in the innings. Rohit in particular was extremely slow to start with but once the innings reached the 16th over he too cut lose along with Pollard and made sure that the Mumbai Indians have more than enough on the board to defend against the struggling but extremely capable batting line up of the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
In between all the cricket, there was a very ugly incident between Keiron Pollard and Mitchell Starc as the two had a very ugly moment in the middle of the pitch so much so that Pollard even threw his bat at the Aussie paceman. Umpires had to intervene and even the captains and players from the two teams had to intervene between the two players.
After the fight though, the Mumbai indians seemed to have entered a new zone of form as Rohit sharma in particular cut lose and struck three sixes in a single over of Varun Aaron. Mumbai Indians added 58 runs in the last 4 overs. Rohit Sharma played a Captain’s knock as he scored 59 runs of just 35 deliveries, the last 38 of those runs came of just 11 deliveries. Pollard too scored quickly and added 43 runs of just 31 deliveries.
Mumbai Indians:187/5 (Rohit Sharma 59, Kieron Pollard 43. H. Patel 1/28, Y Chahal 1/30).
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