Rohit Sharma reveals that the team wanted to take advantage of KXIP’s death bowling woes

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Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma has said that although they did not start well after being put in to bat, they wanted to use the death bowling of the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the 2020 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Thursday. 

Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by 48 runs and with this win, they placed at the top of the points table whereas Punjab faced their third defeat in four games so far.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

“We didn’t start really well, but we knew, the kind of attack Punjab has, we wanted to capitalise on that towards the back end. Hardik and Pollard back themselves to get those runs in the end. They have done that on many occasions.

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It is nice to have them in form. Overall very happy with the batting performances. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy with the ball. We knew taking early wickets was crucial. We did that,” said Rohit Sharma in the post-match presentation.

Notably, Mumbai Indians opener and the captain Rohit Sharma achieved a rare feat as he joined the elite list of batsmen who have scored 5000 runs in the cash-rich T20 league. So far, only two batsmen have scored over 5000 IPL runs and they are Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli and Chennai Super Kings’ Suresh Raina – who has pulled out his name from the 2020 edition of Indian Premier League, owing to personal reasons.

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“Feels good to get to 5000 runs. I didn’t look much into it. Winning the game was more important,” he further added.

As far as the game is concerned, Rohit Sharma top-scored with 70 off 45 with 8 fours and 3 sixes and helped Mumbai posted a total of 191/4 in their allotted 20 overs. Apart from Rohit, all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard smashed quickfire knocks in the final overs.

While Hardik Pandya scored a quick 30* off 11, Pollard smashed an unbeaten 47* off 20 by hitting all the bowlers over the park. Pollard smacked three consecutive sixes off the final three deliveries of the innings and Mumbai managed to put up a huge total as well. On the other hand, KXIP could only manage 143/8 where James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah picked up two wickets each.

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