Rohit Sharma, on Friday, led from the front as Mumbai Indians thrashed Chennai Super Kings by 46 runs. In the process, Mumbai Indians also became the first team this season to beat Chennai at their home. The game did not start on a good note for Mumbai as they lost the toss and also lost their in-form opener Quinton de Kock cheaply. However, Rohit Sharma made sure that Chennai do not make further inroads in the game.

The skipper went on to smash 67 runs from 48 balls to help Mumbai post a competitive total of 155 for 4. In doing so, he also became just the second player after David Warner to score 7 fifty-plus totals against Chennai Super Kings.  Chasing 156, the Super Kings, in the absence of MS Dhoni, were all out for just 109. Barring Murali Vijay, who scored 38, the other five batsmen of the top six failed to even cross the single-digit mark. Dwayne Bravo and Mitchell Santner then scored 20 and 22 respectively to provide some respectability to the total.

Rohit Sharma deservedly won the Man of the Match award for his fine effort with the bat.

“It was better to lose the toss, we were going to chase as well. We knew whether we bat or bowl first, we still had to play good cricket. We can’t control the toss. It was a great effort from the boys. Coming out here and playing here is never easy. We had to scrape every run and every wicket. We were right there in the game,” said the delighted Mumbai Indians skipper at the presentation ceremony.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma added yet another feather to his already illustrious cap. He now holds the record of winning most Man of the Match awards by an Indian player in IPL. Rohit surpassed Yusuf Pathan to become the sole holder of the record. Rohit has now won 17 Man of the Match awards. He is followed by Yusuf Pathan (16), MS Dhoni (16), Suresh Raina (14), Gautam Gambhir (13), Virat Kohli (12), Ajinkya Rahane (12) and Virender Sehwag (11).