IPL 2017 38th Match: Rohit leads Mumbai Indians into playoffs

Rohit scored his 31st IPL fifty

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Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma smashed an unbeaten 56, which included a game-winning boundary off the penultimate ball of the match, to not only lead his side to a five-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets, but also help them qualify for the playoffs.

As a result of their loss, the Royal Challengers now have no chance of reaching the playoffs.

Opting to bat first, the Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a quick start before Mandeep Singh was dismissed by Karn Sharma for 17.

Captain Virat Kohli managed to make 20 before being removed by Mitchell McClenaghan.

Travis Head and AB de Villiers stabilised the innings with a 45-run partnership before Head was sent packing by Krunal Pandya for 12.

De Villiers went on to make 43 off 27 balls, which included three boundaries and three sixes, before he became Krunal’s second victim.

Shane Watson fell shortly after, but Kedar Jadhav and Pawan Negi put together a late 54-run stand.

McClenaghan provided the breakthrough on the third ball of the final over as he took out Negi for 35. He then proceeded to send Jadhav, who made 28, back to the pavilion the very next ball.

With Sreenath Aravind being run out off the last ball of the innings, the Royal Challengers finished on 162/8 off their 20 overs.

McClenaghan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Krunal snapped up two, and Karn and Jasprit Bumrah chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 163 to win, the Indians got off to the worst possible start as opening batsman Parthiv Patel was dismissed by Aniket Choudhary on the first ball of the innings.

Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana made up for the early loss of Patel with a 61-run partnership before Buttler fell for 33.

Rana went on to make 27 runs before he was caught by Head off the bowling of Negi.

With Kieron Pollard, Krunal, who retired hurt, and Karn failing to have much of an impact, Rohit came to the rescue at a crucial time.

With Rohit leading the way, the Indians went into the final over needing seven runs to win.

The Indians only managed to score five runs off the first four balls, but Rohit finished things off with a boundary off the penultimate ball of the match.

Rohit ended the match on 56 not out, which came off 37 balls and included six boundaries and a six.

Negi was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Choudhary, Watson and Yuzvendra Chahal claimed one wicket each.

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