Sharma scored 80 runs as the UAE's Jinx in the IPL in Mumbai


Captain Rohit Sharma's quick 80 on Wednesday helped holders help the Mumbai Indians win their first match in the UAE in seven attempts during the two IPL editions.

Sharma scored 80 runs as the UAE's Jinx in the IPL in Mumbai


Mumbai lost five matches in 2014 season - the first half of which was played’ in the United Arab Emirates due to elections in India - and was the opener of the Twenty20 tournament this season.

Sharma scored a crucial 90 for the second wicket with Surya Kumar Yadav scoring 47 which helped Mumbai to 195 for five and a 49-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi.

"These were just two players from the 2014 squad (Sharma and Caron Pollard) (who are with Mumbai this season)," said Sharma, who was declared the man of the match.

"It was all about how we carried out our plans today, we were in good positions and it's all about being ruthless."

Sharma hit sixes off his 54 balls to take his number of sixes in the IPL to 200

Mumbai bowlers Trent Bolt, James Pattinson, Jaspreet Bumrah and Rahul Chahar took two wickets each to limit Kolkata to 146 for nine.

Meanwhile, Kolkata's Australian Quick Pat Cummins, the most expensive foreign player for the 2020 season, valued at 2. 2.17 million, gave up 49 runs in his three overs.

But later, Kimson, who played three ODIs in England before coming to the UAE on September 16, batted seventh and scored 33 off 12 balls.

KKR captain Dinesh Karthik told reporters, "It is unfair to do justice to him right now. He is far from guilty."

"He is a world champion bowler. He is the best in the world from what I have heard and seen. I have full confidence in him. I am sure he will come out good."

The 13th edition of the world's richest T20 league is being held’ behind closed doors in the United Arab Emirates after it moved out of India due to growing cases of coronavirus.


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