It was MI’s first win in the UAE after six defeats following the 2014 IPL edition.
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There is something about Kolkata that Rohit Sharma seems to charge. Whether it was Eden Gardens in Kolkata or Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, MI Skipper’s love affair with KKR continued until the early 80s (54b, 3×4, 6×6), helping to win 195 out of five.
Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav laid the foundation for a big innings by adding 90 runs for the second wicket after KKR captain Dinesh Karthik won the toss.
Although the MI middle order failed to capitalize on that good start, their bowlers did well to keep it tight from word go and limited the rivals to 146 in nine.
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None of the KKR batsmen could go and their only hope faded when Jasprit Bumrah bowled cleanly to Andre Russell for only 11 runs.
After going for 43 runs in the previous match, came back brilliantly with two wickets for 32 runs.
In contrast, KKR’s most experienced bowler, Pat Cummins, made a major change to the final result, conceding 49 runs in his three overs.
Rohit, who did not get his timing right against CSK in the first match of this IPL, still looked slow to run between the wickets, but showed a glimpse of his old self as he almost single-handedly kept MI in a position of strength Got it.
On Wednesday, the opener also became only the second Indian after MS Dhoni to hit 200 sixes in the IPL.
Had it not been for the spin duo of KKR’s Sunil Narayan and Kuldeep Yadav, MI might have ended up on the board more.
The combination of right and left hand made it tight in the middle overs when Rohit and Suryakumar were taking breaks for free.
Naren, who claimed six wickets in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL), took one wicket for 22 runs in his four overs, while Kuldeep took wickets for 39 runs.
Former Knight Suryakumar gave Rohit a good support of 47 runs in 28 balls before being run out unnecessarily.
Rohit continued to play his shots, but after being out of action for a long time, fatigue finally faded away as he failed to fail Mavi for a long boundary and was caught by Cummins.
But once again MI’s big guns Hardik Pandya and Kirron Pollard failed to fire on stage. While the former had hit-out wickets in a peculiar manner, playing too deep inside the crease, the big West Indies scored just 13 runs off seven balls, which they faced.
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