Mumbai, April 18: Mumbai Indians’s (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma, who steered the defending champions to their first win of the season with a 52-ball 94 on Tuesday, credited West Indian Evin Lewis for allowing him to settle down on the crease in the Indian Premier League (IPL) clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Mumbai Indians notched up their first victory by defeating RCB by 46 runs at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday night courtesy Rohit’s 94 and Lewis’s 65. The Mumbai franchise posted a steep 213/6 before restricting the opposition to 167/8 in 20 overs.
“With Evin Lewis batting, anything can happen. He is a great striker of the ball. Anything in his (hitting) area, he is going to smash it and that is what he did. It allowed me to take my time, which was very crucial. We always wanted one set batsman to bat as long as possible and (it was a) perfect platform for me to do that,” explained Rohit.
The hosts started off horrendously as RCB pacer Umesh Yadav removed opener Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan in successive balls with MI struggling at 0/2.
Rohit also said that his team was positive in its approach despite the first three losses.
“The only thing we did not do as a group in the last three games was sometimes (when) we batted well, we did not bowl well (and when) we bowled well, we did not bat well. The idea was to get both of these departments going and we wanted to be consistent – our bowling as well as batting,” said the MI skipper. (ZeeNews)