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Rohit Sharma blitz helps Mumbai Indians earn first win this season

Rohit Sharma blitz helps Mumbai Indians earn first win this season

Yet, something or other doesn't match up costing them the match.

This match will be played in Mumbai, and both games played there so far have seen batsman-friendly pitches. We can't still and analyse the entire league right now where we have played just four games and people seem happy to jump the gun pretty soon which we don't do as a team. We've not put in our full performance, with bat and bowl. So the idea was to get both the departments going. We always wanted to do that and with Lewis batting, anything can happen. Rohit also said that his team was positive in its approach despite the first three losses. With Sundar going for 32 off his two, Kohli chose to go with four overs from Anderson. His knock against Bangalore was truly top class as he never allowed the bowlers to take control despite Mumbai losing two wickets early.

Rohit particularly enjoyed this as he produced yet another innings where a seemingly slow start was amplified into match-winning tempo - a strike rate of 120 in the Powerplay, 162 in the middle, and 239 in the slog overs.

When Rohit was later asked if he gave the opener any advice, his answer revealed how he is maturing as a cricket and as a captain. When you have your back against the wall - like Mumbai did - you can play fearlessly. The Lewis show is getting better and better. He was brutal on anything short and his pull shot was a sight to behold.

"We saw the rewards that they got". But when he did, the ease with which he was dispatching balls to the boundary line and beyond was incredible.

Rohit was in imperious form, belting 10 fours and five sixes as he missed a deserved century by six runs when he hit Corey Anderson straight down long-on's throat off the penultimate ball of the innings. Bangalore at Wankhede should definitely be a run-fest, but with Mumbai's next fixture after 6 matches, I don't want to use a sub to get in a player only to get them out soon. So full credit to him for this innings but he can't get a ideal 10 as he didn't fight and try to chase down that total. They need it to bounce up in the top four in order to qualify for the next round. I think the planning and the strategy... it's all there. It is important to finish off games.

Vettori said that one big difference in the bowling attacks on Tuesday was the contrasting strategy applied by the spinners. Mandeep Singh struggled his way to a 14-ball 16 before being sent packing by Krunal Pandya.

Without Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli opted to open and it was a decision that paid off as he made 92 not out to become the IPL's all-time leading run-scorer, but he did not receive the requisite support as RCB finished 167 for eight and fell to a third defeat in four.

With Mumbai finally off the blocks, the other teams will have to be on guard now.

In their previous two matches, the RCB bowlers have conceded totals in excess of 210.



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