“Hitman” is back. Yes, Rohit Sharma is back to his form. In yesterday’s match, he scored 103* runs against Chennai Super Kings. However, they failed to bag the match. This 103-not-out has helped Rohit to make two records: 1. he became the second batsman to score 100 against CSK (the 1st one is Sanat Jaysuria) & 2. he bagged the glory of having the most sixes in the T20 cricket by an Indian. Let’s dive into the details of the game to get a more clear view of the win & stay connected to to read more analyses like this.

About the match:

Yesterday, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians locked horns in the 29th match of the IPL 2024. The venue of the match was Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai and the match started at 7:30 PM.

What happened in the toss?

Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and decided to field against Chennai Super Kings.

Let’s focus on the match highlights:

Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and decided to field against Chennai Super Kings.

Chennai Super Kings went to the pitch first and scored 206/4 in 20 overs. MS Dhoni was extraordinary in this match as always. The former CSK captain hit 3 consecutive 6s in Hardik Pandya’s over and then took a couple. He scored 20 runs off 4 balls, with a strike rate of 500.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shivam Dube scored half-centuries and backed their former captain in the right way. Gaikwad had smashed 69 in 40 balls as part of a third-wicket stand with Dube that put Chennai Super Kings on top. The stand was worth 90 runs in 45 balls and Dube scored his half-century in just 28 deliveries. Matheesha Pathirana was also splendid for CSK and bagged the Player of the Match title for his sensational 4/28.

On the other hand, MI got off to a sensational start in the chase with Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan putting up an opening partnership of 70 runs off 43 balls. Pathirana then ended the stand with Kishan’s wicket and then dismissed Suryakumar Yadav for a duck in the eighth over.

The 60-run boost given by Rohit and Tilak Varma helped MI to make a comeback from this. t was Pathirana who got the breakthrough again, dismissing the latter in the 14th over and CSK were back on top. Mumbai never recovered from that, Pathirana finished his four-wicket haul by dismissing Romario Shepherd in the 18th over. Rohit ended up scoring a century, finishing unbeaten on 105 off 63 balls but MI lost by 20 runs.

Pandya stole the light by dismissing Ruturaj Gaikwad and Dube in the 16th over.

Post-match reaction:

No one can miss the storm made by Thala on the pitch. New CSK captain Ruturaj also can’t stop praising MSD for this.

“Definitely a young wicket-keeper scoring those three 6s down the order. I think it helped a lot. I feel, at the end, that’s the difference,” Ruturaj said with a smile.

Mumbai captain skipper Hardik also praised the opponent even after losing the match. He said, “CSK bowled pretty well and Pathirana was the difference. They were smart with their plans and used the longer boundary well. They got the hang of it and they have a man behind the stumps telling them what’s working,”

Rohit’s record in the match:

Although Mumbai Indians lost the match but we can’t overlook the efforts of our “Hitman”.

He scored 103* runs in this match and he bagged the glory of having the most sixes in the T20 cricket by an Indian.

He has 500 sixes in his bag while Virat has 383 and MS Dhoni has 331 sixes in this format.

Point table scenario:

We have to admit that MI made a strong comeback in the season and currently they are holding 8th position in the point table. They have won 2 matches only and lost 4 out of the 6 matches they have played till now. The NRR (Net Run Rate) of MI is -0.234 while CSK is holding the 3rd position in the point table with 2 losses and 4 wins among the 6 matches they have played so far. CSK 8 points and an NRR of +0.726.

Final words: 

Even after so much effort MI lost the match by 20 runs. However, we believe that MI will make a comeback soon. Stay connected to to read more analyses like this.