Although Rohit Sharma bagged a duck today, the other Mumbai Indians batters produced another sensational batting performance to gun down the target of 215 runs with 6 wickets in hand and a whole total of 7 balls to spare, making this their second-highest successful run-chase in the IPL.
This also meant that Arshdeep Singh, who was the hero for Punjab in the previous encounter against MI, registered his worst, most expensive spell in the IPL – 3.5 overs, 1/66.
Riding on powerful batting shows from Liam Livingstone, who smoked 82 runs off 42 balls, and Jitesh Sharma, who whacked 49 off 27 balls, PBKS plundered 214 runs. MI had chased 213 against RR only three days ago, so they had the confidence of chasing a big total down.
However, they lost Rohit Sharma for a duck in the first over, caught at deep thirdman off the bowling off Rishi Dhawan.
This led to a spate of memes and jokes from fans, however, a funny tweet on Rohit’s duck coming from the Punjab Kings’ Twitter handle wasn’t taken lightly.
After Rohit Sharma got out for a naught, Punjab Kings Twitter admin tweeted: R0️⃣ 😅
This wasn’t going to be slide past the Mumbai Indians Twitter admin, who waited for MI to secure an entertaining victory and then retorted with a strong tweet, mocking the entire Punjab Kings’ franchise. While Rohit Sharma has won 6 IPL title (5 with Mumbai Indians and one before with Deccan Chargers in 2009), Punjab Kings have failed to clinch a single trophy in 15 seasons; they have reached only one final – in 2014 which they lost vs KKR.
The MI Twitter admin replied:
“Rohit Sharma 🏆 x 6️⃣
KXIP 🏆 x 0️⃣
PBKS 🏆 x 0️⃣”
Here, check out the hilarious banter:
Rohit Sharma 🏆 x 6️⃣
KXIP 🏆 x 0️⃣
PBKS 🏆 x 0️⃣#Respect
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 3, 2023
This led to a series of laughter from fans as the MI Twitter admin savagely replied back to the PBKS admin for their mocking tweet on Rohit Sharma.
After Rohit and Cameron Green were dismissed, it was a stunning partnership from Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav of 116 (55) that put MI ahead in the chase. After both of them got out, Tim David and Tilak Varma finished the job, as they did vs RR, with an unbeaten stand of 38* (16) to complete perhaps the most dominating 200+ run chases in the IPL history.