Five times IPL champion Mumbai Indians finally opened their account in the points table. But MI skipper Rohit Sharma again failed to score big on his birthday. He was trapped by RR bowler Ravichandran Ashwin on 2. Crowd at DY Patil Stadium was waiting for Hitman show but birthday boy didn’t hit a single boundary. He has scored only 126 runs from 9 matches in the ongoing IPL.
Indian skipper wanted to sweep the tossed up delivery from Ashwin but because of extra bounce he didn’t control it and gave a catch to backward sqare leg. After taking Rohit’s wicket, Ashwin celebrated in the ground but his wife walked up to Rohit’s wife Ritika and hugged her as latter was very much sad because of her husband’s dismissal. It won the hearts of the crowds at the stadium.
Watch : Rohit Sharma fails again to score big
Earlier in the match, Mumbai Indians disciplined bowling restricted Rajasthan Royals to 159. In reply, again Suryakumar Yadav(52) and Tilak Verma (35) helped MI to reach the total. After 8 consecutive defeats Mumbai Indians won their first match. While, the franchise is allready officially out of the playoffs in the IPL 2022.
“I’d definitely take it (win), that’s how we play, real potential came out today, with the ball specially. They kept applying the pressure. If you keep taking wickets, it’s going to be difficult for them, we did that perfectly today. This is the team we played in the first couple of games except few bowling changes. When you have a season like that, you are not sure of your combination. You want to try out so many things. The conditions are different. The ball tends to grip here, the pitches are flat in the other venues. We try and field the best combination, it hasn’t worked for eight games. But one thing I can say is, we were not blown away by the opposition, we came really close. Had we won those games, things would have been slightly different. (On Hrithik and Kartikeya) Both of these guys, they are courageous, they want to do something special. It gives me the confidence to bowl them at any given stage. We played very well, bowlers came together, batters did the job as well.” Rohit Sharma said at the post match presentation.
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