KKR opted for Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine as their overseas players
Skipper Rohit Sharma pummelled the Kolkata Knight Riders bowling into submission and powered Mumbai Indians to an imposing 195 for five in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday.
After Shivam Mavi (2/32) removed opener Quinton De Kock (1) cheaply, Rohit (80 off 54 balls; 3 fours, 6 sixes) and Suryakumar Yadav (47 off 28; 6 fours, 1 six) conjured 90 runs for the second wicket to pull the team out of trouble.
Rohit, who began with a maximum, displayed his languid grace and elegance as he took the Kolkata attack to the cleansers. Surya effortlessly smashed four boundaries off Sandeep Warrier (0/34), including a cover-drive and a flick, in the third over.
Rohit got going after smashing pacer Pat Cummins (0/49) for two maximums — both his trademark pull-short. With the two looking good and hitting sixes and fours at will, Mumbai raced to 94/1 after 10 overs.
Kolkata, however, cut short Surya’s stay when he was run out.
Rohit continued his brutal onslaught against chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (0-39), smashing him for two maximums.
Saurabh Tiwary (21), Hardik Pandya (18) played perfect second fiddle to Rohit, who literally bulldozed the opposition bowlers.
Kolkata tried to pull things back by removing Rohit, Hardik in quick succession even as Mumbai added 48 runs in the last five overs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Mumbai Indians Innings: Quinton de Kock c Naik b Shivam Mavi 1; Rohit c Cummins b Shivam Mavi 80; Suryakumar Yadav run out (Narine/Morgan) 47; Saurabh Tiwary c Cummins b Narine 21; Hardik Pandya hit wicket b Russell 18; Kieron Pollard not out 13; Krunal Pandya not out 1. Extras: (LB-2, NB-1, W-11)14
Total: (for 5 wickets in 20 overs) 195
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-98, 3-147, 4-177, 5-180
Kolkata Knight Riders bowling: Sandeep Warrier 3-0-34-0, Shivam Mavi 4-1-32-2, Pat Cummins 3-0-49-0, Sunil Narine 4-0-22 -1, Andre Russell 2-0-17 -1, Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-39-0