Rohit Sharma’s fifty guides Mumbai Indians to win..

New Delhi: Rohit Sharma smashed 65 runs off 45 balls as Mumbai Indians won their first match of the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday, April 11, beating Delhi Capitals (DC) by 6 wickets.

Tim David hit the ball to center and doubled. Warner’s poor toss and the pair of David and Cameron Green completed the single with ease. MI won by six wickets.

Mumbai hits

Chasing a target of 173, Mumbai got off to an impressive start from the opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan and added 71 runs for the opening wicket. A mix-up then got rid of Ishan for 31 (26). Rohit then builds a partnership with Tilak Verma. Added a decisive 68 runs for the second wicket before Mukesh Kumar removed him in the 16th over.

Mukesh strikes twice

Mukesh Kumar first bowled Tilak Verma for 41(29) and then Suryakumar Yadav for a first-ball duck.

Mukesh Kumar introduced himself in the attack but Tilak Varma conceded 10 runs in the first two balls.

He started with a full delivery outside off which the batsman hit over the point fielder and hit the boundary. The batsman then hit the pace for consecutive sixes. The first shot came towards mid-wicket and was followed by another maximum over the covers.

However, Mukesh removes him when he takes the aerial route once again. However, his shot found Manish Pandey in the deep. It falls to 41 (29). Mukesh then removed Suryakumar Yadav for a first-ball duck, caught at fine leg by Kuldeep Yadav.

Delhi Capitals batting

Previously, Axar Patel smashed a sensational 25-ball 54 to rescue Delhi from danger after being reduced to 98/5. Apart from him, David Warner also hit a fifty before being bowled out for 51 (47). Meanwhile, Mumbai did an exceptional job at the death, picking off the last five batsmen with 10 balls to spare. Jason Behrendorff and Piyush Chawla took three wickets each.

Rohit Sharma is fifty years old

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma hit his first half-century in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2021. Kuldeep Yadav went on the attack and Rohit Sharma took him down to short fine leg for a quick single. This brought up his 50, which he achieved in 29 balls. Meanwhile, it was his first IPL half-century in 25 innings.

The first fifty since 2021

The Mumbai Indians skipper last scored a fifty on April 23, 2021 against the Punjab Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. His knock of 62 off 53 balls guided Mumbai to a modest 131 for 6 in 20 overs.

The XI is playing

Capitals of Delhi: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner (c), Manish Pandey, Yash Dhull, Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Abishek Porel (w), Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Mustafizur Rahman.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (w), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Nehal Wadhera, Hrithik Shokeen, Arshad Khan, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff, Riley Meredith.

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