MUMBAI, April 18: Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma, who steered the defending champions to their first win of the season with a 52-ball 94, credited West Indian Evin Lewis for allowing him to settle down at the crease in the IPL clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Mumbai Indians notched up their first victory by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 46 runs, here last night courtesy Rohit�s 94 and Lewis� 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 and anything in his 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, (then) we did not bowl well. 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.
He also praised the performance of his bowlers Mitchell McClenaghan, Krunal Pandya and Mayank Markande.
�Today we did that and we got wickets with the new ball. Mitch bowled a great spell upfront to get the experienced batsmen out, and then Krunal came in and used his variation to his advantage.
�He reads the batsman really well and not to forget Mayank, he is just 20-year old playing his fourth game and to come out and bowl in such difficult conditions, it is not easy,� the 30-year-old batsman added. � PTI