IPL 2020: Rohit scores 38th fifty as Mumbai Indians make 191
It was his second half-century this season
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma fired his second half-century of the season as the defending champions put up a competitive total against Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi on Thursday night.
Rohit, who had made a match-winning 80 against the Kolkata Knight Riders last week, scored his 38th IPL fifty as the Mumbai Indians came up with 191-4 in 20 overs at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Rohit's knock of 70 from 45 deliveries, that was peppered with eight boundaries and three sixes, came to an end when he was caught by a relay catch between Glenn Maxwell and James Neesham off Mohammed Shami.
The Mumbai Indians were well served by a 62-run stand for the third wicket between Rohit and Ishan Kishan and a 41-run partnership between Rohit and Kieron Pollard, for the fourth.
Pollard provided the late blitz, racing to an unbeaten 20-ball 47 with three boundaries and four sixes, with the three fours and the three of the sixes coming in the last two overs bowled by Shami and Gowtham.
Pollard and Hardik Pandya's stand for the fifth wicket.
Earlier, Kings XI Punjab, playing for the first time in Abu Dhabi, won the toss and captain KL Rahul opted to chase what the Mumbai Indians came up with.
They made one change to the team that had done duty against the Rajasthan Royals with Krishnappa Gowtham replacing Murugan Ashwin.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma kept faith in the same line-up and were unchanged.
They had a disastrous start losing opener Quniton de Kock for nought off the fifth ball of the match. West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell set up the southpaw by mixing up it with length, short of a length and full length before having him castled.
It was redemption of sorts for the left-arm pacer, who was taken to the cleaners by Rahul Tewatia in the previous match and there couldn't have been a happier trademark salute.
At the other end, Sharma welcomed Mohammed Shami by creaming it through covers to bring up 5000 runs.
The Mumbaikar had to review in the same over to extend his stay after the umpire had given him out leg before. And it turned out to be a successful one as the HawkEye showed that the ball was missing leg stump.
Suryakumar Yadav cracked delicious boundaries off successive balls, driving those juicy half-volleys from Cottrell.
But Yadav was beaten by a direct hit from Shami from short fine leg and fielding coach Jonty Rhodes couldn't have been more happier.
Kishan joined Rohit and the pair took the Mumbai Indians to 47 for two at the end of the powerplay.
Mumbai Indians: 191-4 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 70, Kieron Pollard 47 not out, Hardik Pandya 30 not out, Ishan Kishan 28) vs Kings XI Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (C) (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Karun Nair, James Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sarfaraz Khan, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
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