CSK vs MI Live: 2nd strategic time-out update – Rohit Sharma fifty takes Mumbai Indians to 103/3 in 14 overs

Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma finally got going and notched up his first fifty of IPL 2019 in Match 44 against Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Friday, helping his team to 103/3 by the 14th over, when the second strategic break was taken.

After CSK captain Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to bowl first, without MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI, the opening bowlers Deepak Chahar and Harbhajan Singh managed to keep MI under check in the first six overs.

Even though Quinton de Kock was off the block early with a six off Chahar, he was undone by a slower one and was caught by the make shift wicketkeeper Ambati Rayudu for 15 of nine balls. Harbhajan Singh sent down a tidy two overs conceding just five runs while Chahar’s third was taken for two fours by Evin Lewis and one from Rohit. 16 runs came off it, but Harbhajan managed to finish off the powerplay with four-run over.Mumbai Indians reached 45/1 with Rohit on 17 off 14 balls and Lewis on 12 off 13 balls.

However, Rohit combined with Evin Lewis, playing his first game of IPL 2019 to add 75 runs for the second wicket in 57 balls to drive Mumbai. But CSK made a comeback with two quick wickets, when Mitchell Santner got rid of Lewis for 32 off 30 balls, caught at deep midwicket by Dwayne Bravo. Two runs later, Krunal Pandya fell to Imran Tahir attempting a wild hoick and was caught by Santner this time as MI went from 99/1 to 101/3.

Rohit is batting on 51 off 41 balls and had Hardik Pandya for company in the middle.