Mumbai Indians captain ought to have taken the playground to fire with the purpose of trailing a target of 188 runs on the sly Eden Garden Stadium. The very familiarity of Rohit Sharma with this ground is not an unknown reality and besides, on Wednesday the chic and stylish opener of KKR contributed another brilliant execution to his previously striking score list in IPL 2016 through an impressive knock of 84 runs out of 54 balls and not out against the KKR.
The pitch of this stadium is likely to stand by the bowlers, where the Kolkata Knight Riders had cumulated an impressive total of 187 runs for 5 wickets with alternative fifties from Gautam Gambhir, the skipper who had scored 64 and Manish Pandey who had scored 52. This devastating performance could not stop Mumbai Indians from fixing their score with Rohit hosting the game skillfully and Jobs Butler with a brilliant score of 41 also provided an on time explosion. Entering to bat in the 12th over where Mumbai Indians was standing in a crucial position with a need of 79 to achieve the winning target, Blaster trickily hit three sixes and two fours in five successive balls. He also confronted to place Mumbai Indians forward in the run pursue in the 16th over and post that, the team trot abode with 5 balls to get by without and with 6 wickets in hand.
Mumbai Indians was in need to begin their game well and the injured Lendi Simmons and Rohit Sharma had done the perfect deed. At first Rohit was off but he ran speedily by beating a leg stump ball bowled by Andre Russell giving the first over to a perfect ending with a maximum backward square leg boundary. Parthiv’s contribution could not be overlooked as he scored fours and all total the duo was able to score the 50 runs in only 5 overs. The little batsman left after scoring 23 for himself and then it was handed over to Hardik Pandya. Pandya ultimately molded after doing eight to Piyush Chawla. But Mitchell McClenaghan eye catching performance of 20 runs out of 9 balls acts as a catalyst and was enough to put Mumbai Indians back on the track.
Kolkata Knight Riders played its best to defend the opposition for victory but all went in vain. The joy of the Mumbai Indians will be remembered not only for Rohit Sharma’s striking performance but also for his utmost dedication and determination towards the match in spite of the earthquake that left every single person to panic. Hats off!!! to you Rohit Sharma.