Mumbai Indian skipper Rohit Sharma he was in decent contact on a difficult Chepauk track as he climbed his 50th IPL half a century on Friday against the Punjab Kings. Rohit reached his fifty of 40 deliveries after his country lost Quinton de Cock (3) and Ishan Kishan (6) cheap in the beginning.
The defending champions managed to score only 21 in Powerplay, while falling to 26/2 at MA Chidambaram Stadium. Ishan fell victim to the crazy Ravi Bishnoi as de Kok retired for 3 against Moses Enriquez in an attempt to clear the middle.
However, Rohit teamed up with Suryakumar Yadav as the duo helped Mumbai recover from two early strikes in Chennai. The two added half a century for the third door as MI reached 95/2 by the end of the 15th.
In the course of his valiant fifties, Rohit also hit one of the parks against Fabian Allen, who handed out a high-level throw. The MI skipper fired a full-blooded shot for maximum.
After losing the throw, Rohit said his team had figured out how to fight as a group after the first few games. After a six-time defeat against Delhi Capitals on Tuesday, MI will hope to return to winning ways.
“We were going to fight first anyway. While we were first in our games, we figured out how to fight as a group. We made mistakes, but we hope we can stop everything tonight.
When we came here, we saw clouds, so we hope there should be no dew. It was just a little overflow of my calf and now it looks good. We are unchanged, “Rohit said.