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IPL: Rohit praised his team's aggression..


Deepesh Sharma 

New Delhi, September 24 (HS): After winning the match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has praised his team's aggression. Mumbai Indians beat KKR by 49 runs to secure their first win in this year's IPL. He was awarded 'Man of the Match' for his 80-run innings.

Rohit said after the match, "Today we executed our plans well. We adopted an aggressive attitude. The wicket was good and the dew was decreasing. I practiced a lot of playing pull shots, which helped me to play these shots in this match. I am very happy with the aggressive attitude of my team. I have not played a lot of cricket in the last six months and wanted to spend some time on the pitch. I did not succeed in the first match, but glad that I could achieve my rhythm against KKR."

Rohit said, "We did not know that the IPL would be held in UAE, so we wanted a fast bowling attack that would work in Wankhede. But the ball was swinging here in the first six overs. Trent Boult and Pattinson haven't played much, but it was good that both are in our team. You have to do a lot to play in these situations. I was a little tired in the end and it was a lesson for us that a set batsman would get to the end. We've seen it in the past and that's what I've tried to do."

Batting first in this match, Mumbai scored 195 runs for 5 wickets in the prescribed twenty overs. Rohit scored 80 runs while Suryakumar Yadav also scored 47 runs. KKR bowlers bowled continuously on shorter lengths, as a result Rohit played his innings, taking advantage of the opportunity. Defending the target of 196 runs, Mumbai held KKR to 146 runs. For Mumbai, Trent Boult, James Pattinson, Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar took two wickets each.

Bumrah took the crucial wickets of Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell and with that Mumbai got a comfortable win. Mumbai Indians will face Royal Challengers Bangalore on  September 28 in their next match.

Hindusthan Samachar