Bangalore, April 19, 2015
Riding on half-centuries by opener Lendl Simmons and Unmukt Chand, Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 18 runs to notch up their first win in this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.
Put in to bat first, Mumbai Indians posted an imposing 209 for seven from their allotted 20 overs as their top order finally clicked.
Apart from Simmons (59) and Chand ( 58), skipper Rohit Sharma also got among the runs, making 42 off just 15 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes.
Chasing 210 for a win, the RCB top order failed to get going and there were soon struggling at 62 for three in the 11th over before AB de Villiers came up with a hurricane 41 off just 11 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes.
In the company of Dinesh Karthik (18), he added 35 for the fourth wicket, 22 for the fifth with Rilee Rossouw, who did not score a single run. When he left at 125 in the 15th over, RCB were still 85 short.
David Wiese took over and hammered an unbeaten 47 off 25 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes and Iqbal Abdulla contributed 20, but their efforts were not enough as the asking rate was too high and there were not enough batsmen or overs left. They ended up at 191 for seven from their 20 overs.
Mumbai Indians also have to thank Harbhajan Singh, who kept the RCB top order on a tight leash and accounted for the wickets of Chris Gayle (10), Maninder Bisla (20) and Rossouw, giving away just 27 in his four overs.
Simmons and Parthiv Patel finally gave MI a good start today by putting on 47 for the first wicket.
Chand and Simmons then added 72 for the second wicket, which boosted their confidence further and Sharma consolidated the innings as he and Chand took the total to 182 before the latter left. Pollard made just before being dismissed and Ambati Rayudu was out first ball. Sharma made his exit in the next over. Debutant Hardik Pandya stayed unbeaten on 16, inclusive of two sixes, to boost the MI total.
Given that they have a strong batting line-up and the limitations of the MI bowing attack and the fact that they have chased down 200+ targets thrice on their home ground in the past, the target should not have been daunting for the RCB.
But their batsmen made heavy weather of the task today and even a couple of early lives did not loosen them up.
It was only de Villiers' amazing knock that brightened up things for them a bit. After he left, Wiese and Abdullah caused worries in the MI camp briefly.
While MI now have one win from five outings so far in the tournament, RCB, playing today after a gap of six days, have two losses from three matches thus far.
LMP Simmons c Aaron b Chahal 59
PA Patel b Wiese 12
UBT Chand c Kohli b Chahal 58
RG Sharma c & b Wiese 42
KA Pollard c Chahal b Wiese 5
AT Rayudu c Chahal b Wiese 0
Harbhajan Singh run out (Bisla/Ahmed) 0
HH Pandya not out 16
Extras (lb 4, w 13) 17
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 209 (10.45 runs per over)
Did not bat: JJ Bumrah, MJ McClenaghan, SL Malinga
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Patel, 5.5 ov), 2-119 (Simmons, 13.3 ov), 3-182 (Chand, 17.4 ov), 4-188 (Pollard, 18.2 ov), 5-188 (Rayudu, 18.3 ov), 6-192 (Sharma, 18.5 ov), 7-209 (Harbhajan Singh, 19.6 ov)
Iqbal Abdulla 4 0 35 0
VR Aaron 4 0 50 0
AN Ahmed 4 0 59 0
D Wiese 4 0 33 4
YS Chahal 4 0 28 2
Royal Challengers Bangalore (target: 210 runs from 20 overs)
CH Gayle b Harbhajan Singh 10
MS Bisla b Harbhajan Singh 20
V Kohli c Rayudu b McClenaghan 18
KD Karthik c Chand b Malinga 18
AB de Villiers c Pollard b Bumrah 41
RR Rossouw b Harbhajan Singh 0
D Wiese not out 47
Iqbal Abdulla run out (Sharma/Pollard) 20
AN Ahmed not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w 13, nb 2) 16
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 191
Did not bat: VR Aaron, YS Chahal
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Bisla, 4.6 ov), 2-48 (Gayle, 8.1 ov), 3-62 (Kohli, 10.3 ov), 4-97 (Karthik, 12.1 ov), 5-119 (Rossouw, 13.1 ov), 6-125 (de Villiers, 14.2 ov), 7-183 (Iqbal Abdulla, 19.1 ov)
MJ McClenaghan 4 0 43 1
SL Malinga 4 1 35 1
Harbhajan Singh 4 0 27 3
JJ Bumrah 4 0 39 1
HH Pandya 3 0 37 0
KA Pollard 1 0 9 0
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