IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma's fifty powers Mumbai Indians to eight-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings

In pursuit of Chennai's 169/5 — powered by Suresh Raina's plundering 47-ball unbeaten 75 — Rohit hit two sixes and six fours to ensure that Mumbai got over the line with eight wickets and two deliveries to spare to get their only second win in seven games.

IANS, Apr 29, 2018 00:18:16 IST

Pune: Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma smacked 56 not-out as the under-pressure defending champions registered a morale-boosting eight-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who saw their three-match winning streak end in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday.

In pursuit of Chennai's 169/5 — powered by Suresh Raina's plundering 47-ball unbeaten 75 — Rohit hit two sixes and six fours to ensure that Mumbai got over the line with eight wickets and two deliveries to spare to get their only second win in seven games.

Rohit Sharma played a brilliant knock of 55 runs scored off 33 balls. Sportzpics

Rohit Sharma played a brilliant knock of 55 runs scored off 33 balls. Sportzpics

Mumbai captain Rohit, whose personal batting form was also questioned, got good support from openers Ervin Lewis (44) and Suryakumar Yadav (44) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

Earlier, Raina blasted a 47-ball unbeaten 75, laced with six fours and four sixes, and more importantly was involved in a 71-run partnership with in-form Ambati Rayudu (46 runs off 35 balls), and another 46 runs with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (26 off 21) to propel the yellow brigade to a healthy total.

Put in to bat, Chennai started the proceedings on a shaky note, losing opener Shane Watson (12) in the fifth over with the scorecard reading 26 runs.

Watson's top edge was easily caught by Mayank Markande at square leg off the left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya delivery.

Raina then walked into the middle and played the perfect second fiddle to in-form Rayudu, taking Chennai close to the 100-run mark.

Just when the duo looked settled, Krunal struck again to break the partnership in the 12th over as a miscued shot from Rayudu landed safely in the hands of Ben Cutting's at deep mid-wicket.

Rayudu's 35-ball knock contained a couple of boundaries and four sixes.

His dismissal saw Dhoni joining Raina and some fireworks by the Chennai skipper saw the addition of another 46 runs in the next 5.5 overs.

Meanwhile, Raina continued to keep the scorecard moving and brought up his fifty in the 17th over.

Mumbai pacer Mitchell McClenaghan ended Dhoni's innings in the 18th over with Chennai's score reading 143/3. The Ranchi stumper consumed 21 balls and struck three boundaries and a six.

Dhoni also reached another milestone in Saturday's clash as he became the first skipper to lead any side 150 times in the IPL.

McClenaghan once again jolted the hosts by packing Dwayne Bravo for a duck. The hosts faultered a bit in the final moments of their innings as Sam Billings too, departed after scoring just three off five balls.

Raina, however, ensured that he batted out the innings, and finished off in style by clobbering Hardik Pandya for a six over mid-wicket to take the home team to a healthy score.

For Mumbai, McClenaghan and Krunal were the pick of the bowlers picking two wickets each, while Hardik bagged one.

During the chase, openers Ervin Lewis (44) and Suryakumar (44) shared a 69-run stand before the latter was dismissed by veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh in the fifth delivery of the 10th over. Though it was a very good start for Mumbai, CSK bowlers did well to not allow the opening partnership to run away with the game.

Then captain Rohit joined hands with West Indian left-hander Lewis as they stitched together a partnership of 59 runs to keep the visitors in the hunt. Medium pacer Dwayne Bravo bowled his international teammate Lewis in the first ball of the 17th over, to give some hopes to the home side, with Mumbai still needing 52 off 3.5 overs.

Rohit and Hardik Pandya (13 not out) batted sensibly cut down the target to 22 off two overs. Rohit then hit medium pacer Shardul Thakur for four consecutive fours in the penultimate over to leave Mumbai five runs away from victory from the last over.

Rohit and Hardik dealt with three singles and one double off leg-spinner Imran Tahir to coast to the big win.

Despite the loss, Chennai remained at the top of the table with 10 points, while Mumbai jumped to the sixth spot with four points.

Updated Date: Apr 29, 2018 00:18:16 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 5 4 0 1 9
England 5 4 1 0 8
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
India 4 3 0 1 7
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 6 1 4 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 5 0 5 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254