Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians (MI) to their second win in IPL 2018    AFP
Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians (MI) to their second win in IPL 2018 AFP

Mumbai Indians (MI) finally got over the line in Match 27 of ongoing VIVO IPL 2018 versus arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Pune. Chasing 170, Suryakumar Yadav set the tone, and Rohit Sharma’s coming-back-to-form led to MI’s second win from seven encounters.

In pursuit of 170, MI commenced steadily. Suryakumar got the odd boundaries; scoring off Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar. His innings was all about good placement and timing. Evin Lewis, on the other hand, was rusty and failed to read the spinners. However, he held his end. A 69-run opening stand was broken when Harbhajan Singh removed Suryakumar. A short ball, not getting much elevation, was sent towards deep midwicket wherein Ravindra Jadeja covered enough ground to pluck the catch.

Rohit, at No. 3, consumed few balls before taking on the bowlers. An expensive over from Watson triggered a change in momentum for the MI skipper. While Lewis was far from his best, he added another 59 runs with Rohit. The left-hander finally departed for a 43-ball 47. A slower one from Dwayne Bravo foxed Lewis; giving a simple catch to Shardul stationed at long on.

With 37 required off 18 balls, it was MI’s game to lose. Rohit’s calm and composed stay in the middle, well complimented by Hardik, led to an 8-wicket win for visitors.

Note: Shardul’s 17-run penultimate over eased things for MI.

Earlier, CSK’s innings was led by Ambati Rayudu (46) and Suresh Raina. Raina anchored the innings, courtesy an unbeaten 75, and was assisted by MS Dhoni’s 21-ball 26. MI bowlers pulled things back in the end overs thanks to Mitchell McClenaghan and Pandya brothers.

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 169 for 5 in 20 overs (Ambati Rayudu 46, Suresh Raina 75*, MS Dhoni 26; Mitchell McClenaghan 2 for 26, Krunal Pandya 2 for 32, Hardik Pandya 1 for 39) lost to Mumbai Indians 170 for 2 in 19.4 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 44, Evin Lewis 47, Rohit Sharma 56*; Harbhajan Singh 1 for 20, Dwayne Bravo 1 for 21) by 8 wickets