Indian Premier League, 25th match: Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings at Mumbai, Apr 22, 2011
Mumbai Indians won by 8 runs
22 April 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Bollinger to Sharma, FOUR, sublime shot. Full and wide outside off, and for once today a Mumbai batsman moves his feet Rohit gets the front foot across with authority and creams it through point.


Bollinger to Sharma, FOUR, the previous shot was textbook, this one was imperious. Bollinger did not over-pitch this one, though it was still there for the drive. It was a gamble, since slip was waiting. Rohit got across and scythed the drive backward of point. The wrists came into play and it was just too elegant to watch.

Mumbai Indians 21/2   RG Sharma 8* (2b 2x4)

Morkel to Sharma, no run, another away seamer, just short of a length and going away, Rohit lets it go.


Morkel to Sharma, FOUR, that's Morkel's first poor ball today, and Rohit cashes in once again. Full and slanted into the pads, Rohit calmly gets inside the line and flicks through midwicket.


Morkel to Sharma, no run, Bollinger wasn't moving the ball, but Morkel sure is. Hence what was cover-driven for four last over is an ugly play and miss this time. Rohit gets across and gropes unsuccessfully. The ball is already in Dhoni's gloves.


Morkel to Sharma, 1 run, legcutter, Morkel gets this to kick up from a length and Rohit does well to drop it to point and take off. Raina can't cut off the single.

Mumbai Indians 27/2   RG Sharma 13* (6b 3x4)

Joginder Sharma to Sharma, 1 wide, full and swinging away from Jogi as well, but he's started this well outside off. Rohit leaves. Jogi is coming off a fruitful Ranji season.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, no run, back of a length and just outside off, Rohit undercuts past the off stump.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, 1 run, try getting a ball past Raina. Full from Jogi, Rohit leans into an blistering square drive and Raina at short point dives to his left and parries it.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, SIX, boy, he's played some real shots today. Joginder lands one short of driving length and angles it into Rohit. What does he do? He gets the front foot half forward, and slap-slams it over long-on for a big six. All timing.

Mumbai Indians 40/2   RG Sharma 20* (9b 3x4 1x6)

Morkel to Sharma, 2 runs, over-pitched on the pads, Rohit is getting some gifts today. This one he flicks uppishly past a sluggish Bollinger at mid-on and they get a couple


Morkel to Sharma, 1 run, back of a length, and again it ends on the pads. Rohit nudges to the leg side for a single.

Mumbai Indians 48/2   RG Sharma 23* (11b 3x4 1x6)

Joginder Sharma to Sharma, 1 run, full and a foot wide of off stump, this time Rohit gives Jogi more respect. Guided down to third man.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, 1 run, full toss on middle, Rohit politely punches to long-on for a single.

Mumbai Indians 56/2   RG Sharma 25* (13b 3x4 1x6)

Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, tossed up outside off, worked with the turn down the ground for one.


Ashwin to Sharma, no run, this could be trouble. Rayudu might be run out. Another misunderstanding between these two. This time Rayudu wants the run but Rohit doesn't. Full on off, Rohit lunges out and pads it to the off side, Dhoni is off in a flash and throws to Ashwin on the bounce, as Rayudu dives in. The dive might have saved him. That, and the fact that it wasn't the most powerful throw.


Ashwin to Sharma, no run, floater on off stump, Rohit reaches across and defends


Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, straighter one outside off, Rohit times the back foot push through extra cover well and they think of two, but the running is iffy again. They settle for a single.

Mumbai Indians 59/2   RG Sharma 27* (17b 3x4 1x6)

Randiv to Sharma, no run, turn from middle and off line, it is worked with the spin to short fine leg.


Randiv to Sharma, 1 wide, too much turn, drifts down and is called wide.


Randiv to Sharma, FOUR, too short, and Rohit is in too good form to let it go. It turns in from well outside off, but Rohit is in position for the cut early and focuses on eluding backward point.


Randiv to Sharma, no run, more air, Rohit leans out to work it to mid-on


Randiv to Sharma, 1 wide, Randiv's lines aren't too good, another one slides down the leg side


Randiv to Sharma, no run, loopy ball on middle, whipped to midwicket


Randiv to Sharma, 1 run, again drifts down the leg side, and it is helped along to short fine leg where Badri intercepts

Mumbai Indians 66/2   RG Sharma 32* (22b 4x4 1x6)

Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, slower and loopier offie, Rohit nudges with the spin through midwicket

Mumbai Indians 73/2   RG Sharma 33* (23b 4x4 1x6)

Randiv to Sharma, FOUR, unlucky for Randiv, it was his version of the doosra again, doesn't turn away too much but holds its line. Rohit was beaten, but was good enough to adjust and open the face to steer it down to third man.


Randiv to Sharma, FOUR, When Rohit bats like this, you really wonder why this man isn't a staple in the India line-up. Tossed up from round the wicket, just outside off, Rohit leans out languidly and tees off over extra cover. That was the one area on the off side with no protection. Supreme shot.

Mumbai Indians 86/3   RG Sharma 41* (25b 6x4 1x6)

Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, carom ball outside off, Rohit pushes into the off side for a single


Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Rohit steers in front of point for another single

Mumbai Indians 91/3   RG Sharma 43* (27b 6x4 1x6)

Raina to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length on off, forced with the spin wide of long-on for a single


Raina to Sharma, 1 run, a hint of Laxman in that shot. Short of a length and turning in, Rohit stays back and has all the time in the world to loft it over the short midwicket.


Raina to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit times the extra cover push really well and Badri does well to keep it down to a single

Mumbai Indians 96/3   RG Sharma 46* (30b 6x4 1x6)

Randiv to Sharma, SIX, Rohit has hit that almost out of the Wankhede. Typical shot to being up a 50, it lands in the third tier over long off. Randiv tosses it up from round the stumps, Rohit charges out and launches him clean and high.


Randiv to Sharma, 1 run, wisely fires this in flat, and Rohit guides backward of point for one

Mumbai Indians 103/3   RG Sharma 53* (32b 6x4 2x6)

Joginder Sharma to Sharma, FOUR, is cannon fodder. Polite length ball outside off, Rohit gets to the line and murders it through the covers.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, 1 run, angles into the pads, Rohit works him with the angle through square leg for a single


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, FOUR, intelligent batting this from Rohit. The field is set back on the off side, and inside the circle on the leg side. Rohit picks his spot and walks across the stumps. Jogi's pace is such a dawdle, it sits up on middle and Rohit pulls it over Morkel at square leg. He runs back and puts it a slide, but the ball wins.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, 1 run, better line, Rohit works him off the pads to midwicket where the fielder slips. There is a lot of dew out there.

Mumbai Indians 124/3   RG Sharma 63* (36b 8x4 2x6)

Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, Ashwin lands this flat on middle, Rohit punches off the back foot past the bowler for a single


Ashwin to Sharma, no run, well bowled, skids the full offspinner on leg stump, past Rohit's defence and just past the leg stump


Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, yorker of sorts to end the over, Rohit pushes it into the covers to retain strike

Mumbai Indians 135/3   RG Sharma 65* (39b 8x4 2x6)

Bollinger to Sharma, no run, short ball, not short enough to pull and Rohit is hit in the tummy as he swings and misses. Ouch.


Bollinger to Sharma, 1 run, another short ball, Rohit looks to pull again and edges onto the pad for a single to the leg side


Bollinger to Sharma, no run, clever, clever stuff. Bollinger sees Rohit wandering to the leg side this time and pushes the ball full and wide outside off, Rohit could not reach it.


Bollinger to Sharma, SIX, Rohit ruins the over with a superb shot. Bollinger was looking for the yorker, but the ball slipped out and ended a full toss at waist height. Rohit was shuffling across already and the kept his wits about him to play the lap shot, all the way over Dhoni's head.

Mumbai Indians 143/3   RG Sharma 72* (43b 8x4 3x6)

Raina to Sharma, SIX, horror ball. Raina lands this short and at a really amiable pace, Rohit gladly pulverises it over wide long on


Raina to Sharma, 2 runs, dropped. Calling is not in fashion in this IPL. Full and on leg stump from Raina, Rohit looks to slog sweep, but is too close to the ball and top-edges it behind square leg. Hussey and Badri converge on the ball, both go for it, both dive, both drop and someone, both escape from clunking their heads into one another.


Raina to Sharma, SIX, this is brutal. Rohit and Raina are fighting for one spot in the Indian side, and Rohit is trying to settle the debate out there. Another poor length ball from Raina, Rohit lines him up and catapults a lofted on drive out of the field.


Raina to Sharma, 1 run, Chennai have lost it somewhat. This time Vijay, from long on, doesn't go for a catch since he assumes midwicket running back will. Rohit looks for another six, but doesn't get much on it this time. Safe though.

Mumbai Indians 159/3   RG Sharma 87* (47b 8x4 5x6)

Bollinger to Sharma, OUT, No 100 to be had, but this has been a top innings nevertheless. Bollinger rolls the fingers over this one and keeps it short of a length outside off. Rohit looks to go back in the crease and heave this over the on side, but it never comes on. He mishits it straight to long on.

RG Sharma c Hussey b Bollinger 87 (48b 8x4 5x6) SR: 181.25

Mumbai Indians 161/4   RG Sharma 87 (48b 8x4 5x6)





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