Rohit Sharma © IANS
Rohit Sharma © IANS

 

May 3, 2014

 

Mumbai Indians (MI) are at 69 for two after nine overs against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. CM Gautam is batting on 33 and Rohit Sharma is on 19. Mumbai are chasing a 169-run target in Match 22 of IPL 7. Ben Dunk and Ambati Rayudu were the first two batsmen dismissed. Both fell to Sandeep Sharma.

 

Rohit Sharma got of the mark with a six in the fourth over. Mitchell Johnson bowled a quick short delivery and Rohit played the pull as the ball went over the deep mid-wicket boundary. Sandeep was troubling Gautam with his in-swingers. But he bowled a slower delivery and Gautam took the opportunity to hit the ball over long-off for a six. The ball had not swung and that helped Gautam to play the shot. That six got Gautam going as he then came forward and slogged a length delivery over deep mid-wicket for another maximum.

 

Gautam then almost got run-out in the sixth over. Rohit had dabbed on towards point and Gautam had taken off for a single. He was sent back as David Miller threw the ball to bowler Johnson, who collected the ball, but failed to release the ball. Gautam managed to get back as Johnson lay on the ground. Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel came into bowl the seventh over. Gautam reverse-flicked his first delivery just past Saha for a four. That brought up Mumbai’s 50. Rohit then paddled flicked one past short fine-leg for a four as well.

 

Earlier, Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey won the toss and elected to bat. Punjab posted a challenging 168 for five in their 20 overs. Wriddhiman Saha top-scored with an unbeaten 59 off 47 deliveries with four fours and three sixes. Glenn Maxwell struck a 27-ball 45 with five fours and two sixes. Harbhajan Singh took two wickets for 34 deliveries. Corey Anderson and Lasith Malinga took one wicket-each. Zaheer Khan injured his shoulder while bowling the 19th over of the innings.

 

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