Suryakumar Yadav, in his new role as opening, once again set the rhythm for MI’s run-chase. He was violent from the very beginning and punish any width on offer and on one occasion smartly flicked a leg stump delivery from Shardul Thakur into the stands behind square-leg. The 27-year old scored 44 from 34 balls, and conquered the opening stand before his innings was dissatisfied by a sharp outfield catch by Ravindra Jadeja.
After the openers had set the stage, it necessary someone with the experience of Rohit Sharma to build on that stage and complete the job. The MI team leader, batting at three, played the ball to all parts of the ground – and in the critical 19th over, was one step ahead of the bowler Shardul Thakur. He slice away the first ball he face to the point boundary, then walked across to the off-side and guided the next – a leg-stump delivery – to the fine-leg edge. He finished a hat-trick of boundaries when he flayed a wide delivery and sent it on its line of attack to the point boundary. Finally, he done the over in technique, stay low and swat away an attempted yorker to the square-leg boundary.