The 13th match of the Indian premier league between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi saw one of the brilliant catches in the boundary line to dismiss the Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma.
KL Rahul won the toss and did nothing different and decided to bowl first which is the norm in this IPL so far. It is also safe to say that skippers winning the toss have no hesitation in bowling first so that they can bat according to the situation and also they have a fair assessment about the wicket in general in this format.
Rohit Sharma was going all guns blazing after a cautious start but was cut short by the brilliance of Glenn Maxwell in the boundary line. Rohit Sharma was batting on 39 from 29 balls and raced away to 70 off 44, courtesy some poor bowling by Jimmy Neesham. KL Rahul had no other go but to go back to his strike bowler in Mohammad Shami to dislodge the dangerous looking Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Shami responded by picking the MI captain in the first ball of his over.
The ball was in the slot to be hit and Rohit Sharma timed the ball well but Glenn Maxwell's supreme effort in the boundary line combined with Jimmy Neesham's presence of mind saw them pull off a stunner.
KXIP have one of the reputed death overs specialist in Chris Jordan but they are reluctant to play him and are paying the price for it. They ran short of bowlers who can bowl at death and bowled Krishnappa Gowtham at Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya in the 20th over that saw MI accumulate 25 runs including 4 maximums.
MI have posted a huge score of 191 runs on the board and KXIP have had a brisk start to their chase with both their openers not hesitating to punish the bad balls.