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IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma completes half-century of fifties in T20 cricket

Rohit Sharma’s 94 helped Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 46 runs in an IPL 2018 match at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday. This was Rohit’s 50th half-century in T20s.

cricket Updated: Apr 18, 2018 00:05 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
IPL 2018,Rohit Sharma,Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Rohit Sharma in action during match fourteen of the 2018 Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.(AFP)

Rohit Sharma put behind a disappointing start with the bat in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 on Tuesday as he scored his 50th half-century in T20 cricket, during the contest between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). (MI vs RCB HIGHLIGHTS)

Walking into bat with his team placed perilously at 0/2 in the first over, Rohit not only got his best score of IPL 2018 so far, but also put up a strong partnership with Evin Lewis (65) to help Mumbai Indians recover. (MI vs RCB SCORES)

Rohit added 108 runs for the third wicket with Lewis after Umesh Yadav rocked the hosts Mumbai Indians with wickets off the first two balls at the Wankhede Stadium in the 14th match of the tournament.

He pulled Umesh for a massive six on the leg side and followed it up with a four to complete his fifty off 32 balls, studded with six fours and two sixes.

With this knock, the right-handed Mumbai Indians captain joined an exclusive club of batsman — and becoming only the third Indian after Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir — to have scored a half-century of fifties in T20 cricket.

Rohit had so far had a quiet time with the bat in the IPL, missing out to put up big scores despite getting starts in the first three matches. In the three matches that the defending champions Mumbai have lost so far, Rohit scored 15, 11 and 18.

First Published: Apr 17, 2018 21:31 IST