After defeating Delhi Capitals in a dramatic high-scoring match on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Indians finally got off to a good start in IPL2 204. After the team lost its first three matches of the season, there was a lot of criticism directed at both the MI squad and Hardik Pandya’s captaincy. However, the home team’s first victory of the season came thanks to a thunderous cameo from Romario Shepherd. The post-match interaction between Hardik and Rohit Sharma, which went viral on social media, was more unforgettable than the match’s outcome.

When Mumbai was given the opportunity to bat first at home, they started off quickly. Ishan Kishan and Rohit put up an 80-run partnership, and then Axar Patel and Anrich Nortje took two wickets each to keep Delhi in the game. However, MI finished with 234 for five thanks to a slog-over masterclass from Tim David and Shepherd, who combined to hammer five sixes and eight boundaries in only 13 balls to build a 55-run stand.

In response, Prithvi Shaw, who scored 66 off 40 balls before No. 4, was bowled out, was important at the top of the order. With seven sixes in his 71 off 25, Tristan Stubbs kept Delhi in the run chase. However, Gerald Coetzee’s middle-order collapse led to Delhi being bowled out for 205 for eight in 20 overs.

After winning by 29 runs-his maiden victory as Mumbai Indians captain-Hardik was overjoyed. Later, when the touching moment went viral on social media, he gave a loving hug to former captain Rohit, who hit him on the back and congratulated him on the win.

All speculation regarding the Mumbai Indians’ situation will undoubtedly be dispelled by the precious moment between Hardik and Rohit. Furthermore, Rohit appeared to have declined to give Hardik a hug following MI’s opening game against the Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad before they got into a heated argument on the pitch. Other incidents included the all-rounder walking away after a discussion with the former captain and Jasprit Bumrah, and Hardik being left alone in the MI dugout by the other players, including Rohit.

It took a great deal of effort. We needed to make sure we believed and eliminate our minds. In the post-match presentation, Hardik added, “We will be making tactical changes here and there, but this will be our 12 and settling our team now is important.”

Mumbai’s victory also made them the first IPL team to win 50 games at a single location and the first T20 team to record 150 victories.

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