Rohit Sharma scored the first half-century of IPL 2015 © AFP (File Photo)
Rohit Sharma scored the first half-century of IPL 2015 © AFP (File Photo)

Rohit Sharma continued his love affair with Eden Gardens, scoring a terrific 98 not out as Mumbai Indians (MI) scored 168 for three in the opening match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Wednesday. Rohit batted well, carrying on his form from ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, but he did not get a lot of support from the other batsmen early on. Corey Anderson then came good, scoring a brutal 55 not out as the duo led MI to a commanding 168 for three. Live scorecard: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2015

Rohit opened the batting with Aaron Finch, but the latter was out early, top-edging a pull shot to Umesh Yadav at square leg. Aditya Tare came in at No. 3 and started well before getting foxed by Shakib Al Hasan and holing out to Umesh. Ambati Rayudu was hurried by Morne Morkel, and edged to Yusuf Pathan at slip for a duck to leave MI reeling at 37 for three in the sixth over. Live scorecard: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2015

That brought out Corey Anderson to bat with Rohit. Though Anderson did not get going straight away, he ensured that no more wickets were lost. Rohit looked secure as well, and absolutely exploded in the 15th over, hitting Umesh for three fours and a six en route to his half-century. Anderson was dropped by Andre Russell off Shakib on 23 in the very next over, as MI continued their charge. Mumbai Indians in IPL 2015: Rohit Sharma’s men approach upcoming season with renewed vigour to regain lost glory

Rohit continued his sublime form, mixing his characteristic caresses and lofted drives as he scored a pristine 65-ball 98 not out. Anderson got his half-century off the final ball of the innings with a six to remain unbeaten on 55 off 41 deliveries as the partnership for the fourth wicket yielded 131 unbroken runs. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage

Brief scores:

Mumbai Indians 168 for 3 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 98*, Corey Anderson 55*; Morne Morkel 2 for 18) vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)