A great nail-biting match was witnessed at the Wankhede yesterday where any side could have won right up to the last ball. Three men - Rohit Sharma, David Hussey and Kieron Pollard - made the difference in the way the end result turned out to be. Off course Praveen Kumar too played a part in making the match so thrilling.
After a very slow start (36 for 1 in PP and reaching three figure on board in 15th over), Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma pushed it single handedly in the last five overs to set a fighting total of 174 for 3. Had it not been the last over blazing 27 runs (3x6s & 2x4s) by Rohit Sharma off David Hussey, it would had been very difficult for Mumbai Indians to keep their castle intact.
Mumbai Indians won it by 4 runs and have jumped to fourth position in the points table with 12 points in kitty.
Rohit Sharma celebrated his birthday arrival (30 April) with an unbeaten 79 off 39 balls (6x6s, 6x4s), thus registering three consecutive wins since the time he has been handed over captaincy. Rohit’s batting was definitely the first play of the game. Second was undoubtedly the unbelievable belting boundary catch by the tall Kieron Pollard to snaffle Shaun Marsh, which changed the game in Mumbai Indians’ favour.
Everyone in the Mumbai Indians played their part in defending the total which was getting a bit difficult due to the dew factor. While the dew was certainly helping Kings XI batsmen with David Miller (56 off 34), David Hussey (34 off 18) and Praveen Kumar (25 off 15) making the most of the advantage, it was not an easy task for Mumbai Indians bowlers to maintain their line.
Rohit was quick to bring spinners into service. Both Pragyan Ojha (2/22) and Harbhajan Singh (3/14) didn’t disappoint the captain. Mitchell Johnson and Dhawal Kulkarni scalped two each.
Most importantly, the Mumbai Indians latched for every ball in air, effecting nine dismissals.