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Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan celebrate ICC Champions Trophy call-up with IPL 50s

Rohit Sharma scored his third half-century in the Indian Premier League (2017) as Mumbai Indians scored 138/7 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Then, Shikhar Dhawan scored 62* as SRH won the match by seven wickets.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 08, 2017 23:37 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma scored a 45-ball 67 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match.(AFP)

Rohit Sharma’s return to the Indian team for ICC Champions Trophy ended a long wait for the star. His opening partner in the national team, Shikhar Dhawan, also recovered from a lean patch to make a comeback into the national team.

Rohit celebrated the national team call-up with a 34-ball half-century for Mumbai Indians against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match. However, he did not have the last laugh as Dhawan scored a 46-ball 62* to help SRH win by seven wickets. (SRH vs MI: IPL T20 MATCH BLOG)

It was Rohit’s 32nd half-century overall and his third in this edition. Rohit’s 45-ball 67, that included six fours and two sixes, helped Mumbai Indians score 138/7 in 20 overs. (SRH vs MI: IPL T20 MATCH SCORECARD)

Rohit has shown inconsistent form in this IPL and Monday’s innings will come as a huge relief for the MI captain.

On Monday, he saw wickets falling at the other end but held his own. Coming to bat at No. 4, with MI reeling at 22/2 inside five overs, Rohit played with patience in the beginning. He took four overs to hit his first boundary off Rashid Khan in the ninth over.He against went after the spinner in the 11th over with a huge six.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during the 2017 Indian Premier League match against Mumbai Indians. ( AFP )

Rohit waited till the 14th over to up the ante, bowled by Moises Henriques. He scored three fours with an exquisite display of power and timing. He finally completed his half-century in the 16th over as he took a single off Mohammed Siraj.

Finally he fell to Siddharth Kaul with MI’s score reading 126. The team ultimately scored 138/7.

Chasing the total Dhawan stayed unbeaten as SRH reached the target in 18.2 overs. With this win SRH reached 15 points in 13 games and have strong chance of qualifying for the play-offs. MI are already in the play-offs.

First Published: May 08, 2017 22:10 IST