Mumbai break UAE jinx in IPL

Afp, Dubai

25 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Mumbai break UAE jinx in IPL

Skipper Rohit Sharma Wednesday struck a brisk 80 to help holders Mumbai Indians win their first match in the United Arab Emirates in seven attempts during two IPL editions.

Mumbai lost five matches in the 2014 season -- the first half of which was played in the UAE due to elections in India -- and went down in the opener of the Twenty20 tournament this season.

Sharma put on a key second-wicket stand of 90 with Suryakumar Yadav, who hit 47, to guide Mumbai to 195 for five and a 49-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi.

Sharma hit sixes in his 54-ball knock to take his sixes count to 200 in the IPL.

Mumbai bowlers including Trent Boult, James Pattinson, Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar took two wickets each to restrict Kolkata to 146 for nine.

Meanwhile Kolkata's Australian quick Pat Cummins -- the most expensive foreign player for the 2020 season with a $2.17 million fee -- gave away 49 runs in his three overs.


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