Twitter Reactions: Rohit Sharma's love affair with KKR continues in Abu Dhabi as he smashes 80 runs

Twitter Reactions: Rohit Sharma’s love affair with KKR continues in Abu Dhabi as he smashes 80 runs

Rohit smacked six maximums during his stay in the middle.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The Mumbai Indians (MI) faced the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) the the fifth game of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). After losing the opening game against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the four-time champions needed to do well in this game and it seemed that the skipper Rohit Sharma had decided to lead from the front. MI were invited to bat first by KKR’s Dinesh Karthik after winning the toss.

They started poorly with Quinton de Kock getting out to Shivam Mavi for just a solitary run. Suryakumar Yadav arrived to the middle then and along with Rohit Sharma, he stitched a good partnership. Rather Surya took the initiative counter-attacking the opposition bowlers smashing four boundaries in the third over of the innings. Rohit, by then, had played out a maiden over and the pressure was building on him.

But Pat Cummins‘ introduction into the attack gave him a new lease of life. The Aussie pacer dropped it short first up only to see the ball go over the mid-wicket boundary for a six. In the same over, Cummins fed him with another back of a length delivery and his eyes yet again lit up. The end result was yet another six and Hitman was up and running.

Rohit Sharma sends Andre Russell out of the park as well

Rohit Sharma then took on Andre Russell who, for some reason, bowled it short only to see the ball go the distance very comfortably. Suryakumar Yadav getting run-out in the middle-overs led to the run-rate going down a fair bit. The likes of Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav came back well after the strategic time-out.

Rohit had to hold himself back even as he got closer to half-century. Saurabh Tiwary took his time early on and the dry period extended until the end of 13th over. But little did Kuldeep, the chinaman, know that the MI skipper will smack him out of the park in the last over of his spell.

Rohit Sharma opened up his arms to eke out 17 runs with two sixes. He also completed 200 sixes in the IPL becoming only the fourth player to do so in the history of the cash-rich league. But when it felt that he would cross the 100-run mark, Shivam Mavi got the better of him in the 18th over of the innings. However, the Rohit had done his job scoring 80 off 54 deliveries with three fours and six massive maximums.

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