Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma lost his cool in the second innings of the game against Kolkata Knight Riders when a crucial decision did not go in his favour. Mumbai Indians had posted a target of 174 runs for KKR to chase down and the visitors started off well defending the total, picking Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir cheaply.
KKR were soon struggling at 126 for 5 with Manish Pandey and Colin de Grandhomme at the crease. Manish Pandey then nicked one into the hands of wicketkeeper Ambati Rayudu off Mitchell Johnson and the whole Mumbai Indians team appealed in unison. However, this strong appeal had no effect on umpire S Ravi who turned it down. This decision irked the Mumbai Indians players as it looked like a clear edge. But the decision had been made by then.
Rising Pune Supergiant batsman MS Dhoni smashed 61 runs off 34 balls to win the match for his side and that too on the last ball, living up to his reputation of a match winner. Dhoni had been criticized massively for his poor form with the bat in the last few matches of IPL 2017. However, he came good in the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The time of the knock is very important as Pune are looking to get things sorted as the tournament reaches the half-way stage of the tournament. The world of Twitter hailed MS Dhoni for his super knock on Saturday. From Indian captain Virat Kohli to Virender Sehwag, everyone praised the former Indian captain.
Mumbai Indians batsman, who is healing an injury, Ambati Rayudu went one step further in praising the Captain Cool. While he praised Dhoni for his superb knock, he also took a jibe at brother of owner of Rising Pune Supergiant, Harsh Goenka. He had been amidst controversy in the recent past for taking potshot at Dhoni.
When Dhoni won a game for RPS, Ambati thought of giving it back to Harsh Goenka in his own manner.
Mumbai Indian coach Mahela Jayawardene has confirmed that their 31-year-old batsman Ambati Rayudu is ruled out for at least 7-8 days due to a grade 1 groin tear.
The Andhra-born, who was named in the Mumbai Indians' squad for their clash against Rising Pune Supergiant, has now joined the long list of the injured players. During the 16th over of the second innings of the game at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, Rayudu was mysteriously stretched off the field. Commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, however, said:
"We reckon it could be groin or hamstring."