IPL Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians Match 44: Rohit Sharma finally got the monkey off his back as he smashed a brilliant half-century in the much-anticipated clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at Chepauk on Friday. With this knock, Rohit not only roared back to form but also silenced his critics who were questioning his waning batting abilities in the high-voltage Indian Premier League (IPL). Rohit has now seven fifty-plus scores against his name versus Chennai in IPL, which is the most by any player. (SCORECARD)

In doing so, the 31-year-old has gone ahead of the likes of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner in the list of batsmen scoring fifty-plus scores against CSK in the cash-rich T20 league. Kohli, Dhawan, and Warner have 6 50+ scores under their belt vs CSK. Rohit smashed 67 off 48 balls which included 6 boundaries and 3 huge sixes. Here’s how Twitter reacted to Rohit’s onslaught at Chepauk:

Earlier, Chennai won the toss and elected to bowl first against Mumbai in the match 44 of IPL. Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed out from CSK’s playing XI he is down with fever and in his place, Suresh Raina is leading the team.

Besides Dhoni, Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja are also out of the team and their places have been taken up by Mitchell Santner, Murali Vijay and Dhruv Shorey.

Mumbai Indian have made two changes. Ankul Roy will make his IPL debut while he will be joined in the team by Evin Lewis. Ben Cutting and Mayank Markande are the two players who have been left out.

Chennai Super Kings Playing XI: Suresh Raina (C), Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu (wk), Dhruv Shorey, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.

Mumbai Indians Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.