Mumbai Indians found their first win of IPL 2015, courtesy a fine batting performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rohit Sharma, Unmukt Chand and Lendl Simmons came up with useful knocks with the bat to help Mumbai post a total of 209/7, before the bowlers restrained the powerful RCB to 191/7.
Mumbai Indians put into bat, begin well
Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel gave Mumbai Indians a 47 run opening stand in just 5.5 overs to set the platform for the rest of the batting unit. Unmukt Chand, who came in at No 3, used this opportunity to good effect. Under fire for not being able to live up to his potential in the last edition of the IPL, Chand made amends for his earlier poor performances. He paired up with Simmons to put up a 72-run stand for the 3rd wicket. Both batsmen scored half centuries and paved the way for Rohit Sharma to go berserk in the last few overs.
Rohit Sharma steals the show with late burst
The Mumbai Indians skipper took the RCB bowlers to the cleaners in the later part of the innings. With 4 sixes and 3 fours, Sharma hammered 42 off just 15 balls to take Mumbai close to the 200 run mark before being dismissed by David Wiese. A 6-ball-16 from newcomer Hardik Pandya took MI to 209/7, despite a flurry of wickets falling in the penultimate over.
RCB get off to painfully slow start, Chris Gayle struggles
It was one of those rare days when Chris Gayle struggled to middle the ball during an agonizing 24 ball stay at the crease. The West Indian appeared all at sea against the planned bowling of the Mumbai Indians and managed to score only 10 runs! Manvinder Bisla, the other opening batsman for RCB today, tried to get going at the other end but could only manage 20 off 16, before being castled by Harbhajan Singh. Virat Kohli looked out of sorts, and threw away a promising start yet again.
AB de Villiers sets chase in motion, David Wiese takes the game close but RCB fall short
It was only after AB de Villiers’ advent to the crease that the Bangalore outfit finally seemed to be chasing a target of 210! AB went ballistic from Ball 1, and came down hard on Mumbai’s premier bowler – Lasith Malinga. An innings that promised to take RCB home, however, was cut short on 41 (11 balls), when the master batsman planted a Jasprit Bumrah delivery down the throat of Kieron Pollard at long on. The match looked well over for RCB at that point, but David Wiese took the opportunity to flex his muscles with the bat. Together with Iqbal Abdullah (20 off 15), Wiese took Bangalore tantalizingly close to a win, but the slow start by the openers early on proved too costly in the end. RCB fell short by 18 runs and handed Mumbai Indians the first win of the season.
Man of the Match – Harbhajan Singh
Brief Scores – Mumbai Indians (209/7 in 20 overs, Simmons 59(44), Wiese 4/33) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (191/7 in 20 overs, Wiese 47*(25), Harbhajan 3/27) by 18 runs