Skipper Rohit Sharma’s easy batting shaped the cornerstone of Mumbai Indians’ resounding 49-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League match right here on Wednesday.
On an enormous Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Rohit pummelled the KKR bowlers into submission for a 54-ball 80 and powered Mumbai to an imposing 195/5.
The evening belonged to Rohit, the good white-ball exponent, whose knock was laced with six sixes.
Then the Jasprit Bumrah-led Mumbai assault did most issues proper to limit KKR to 146 for 9 and finish their winless streak within the UAE.
KKR had been by no means heading in the right direction for a cushty chase as they misplaced openers Shubhman Gill (7) and Sunil Narine (9) cheaply to be in a spot of trouble at 25 for 2.
One-down skipper Dinesh Karthik (30 off 23) and Nitish Rana (24 off 18) tried to up the ante however they had been nonetheless taking part in the catch-up recreation with 125 runs wanted from the final 10 overs.
Kolkata had been dealt a double blow in fast succession first Karthik was trapped by Rahul Chahar (2/26) in entrance of the wicket after which Hardik Pandya grabbed a operating catch on the fence to ship again Rana.
Bumrah (2/32) within the sixteenth over sealed the sport for Mumbai as he eliminated Andre Russell (11), who was bowled, after which compelled Eoin Morgan (20) to edge to the wicket-keeper.
Pat Cummins (33 off 12) launched into Bumrah with 4 sixes in a really costly 18th over, nevertheless it was too late for Kolkata, who did not put up a contest. Bumrah went for 27 runs.
Kieron Pollard (1/21), Trent Boult (2/30), James Pattison (2/25 ) performed their roles to perfection.
Earlier, put into bat, after Shivam Mavi (2/32) eliminated opener Quinton De Kock (1) cheaply, Rohit (80 off 54 balls; 3 fours, 6 sixes) and Suryakumar Yadav (47 off 28; 6 fours, 1 six) added 90 runs for the second wicket to drag the crew out of bother.
Rohit, who started with a most, displayed his languid grace and magnificence as he took the Kolkata assault to the cleansers.
Surya effortlessly smashed 4 boundaries off Sandeep Warrier (0/34), together with a cover-drive and a flick, within the third over.
Rohit bought going after smashing pacer Pat Cummins (0/49) for 2 maximums each being his trademark pull-short. With the 2 wanting good and hitting sixes and fours at will, Mumbai raced to 94/1 after 10 overs.
Kolkata, nevertheless, minimize quick Surya’s keep when he was run out.
Rohit continued his brutal onslaught towards chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (0-39), smashing him for 2 maximums.
Saurabh Tiwary (21), Hardik Pandya (18) performed excellent second fiddle to Rohit, who actually bulldozed the opposition bowlers.
Kolkata tried to drag issues again by eradicating Rohit, Hardik in fast succession whilst Mumbai added 48 runs within the final 5 overs.