Rohit, Jadav and Pandya power Mumbai Indians to 187 for eight

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma guided the Mumbai Indians to a competitive 187 for eight in the IPL match against the Mumbai Indians at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday evening, despite a middle-order implosion which saw four wickets fall for the further addition of only 25 runs off 21 balls.

Sharma struck 48 off 33 balls with eight fours and a six and when he left the arena on 87 for two the scene was set for a possible total of 200.

Yuzvendra Chahal was instrumental in the collapse after the 13th over as he finished with 4-38 which included a double-strike in the 16th over.

Hardik Pandya struck 32 off 14 deliveries at the back-end, which saw Mumbai score 30 runs in the last two overs after the collapse. Suryakumar Jadav also assembled a composed 38.

Sharma hit two leg-side boundaries in the first over of Umesh Yadav to get going and clobbered an extra cover drive in the second over, bowled by Navdeep Saini as Mumbai got off to a flyer.

Quinton de Kock clipped a delivery over wide mid-on for a four in Yadav’s second over.

Sharma blasted Saini over deep square leg in the fourth over as Mumbai reached 32 without loss after four overs.

Rohit led the run spree as he and De Kock completed the power play on 52 without loss.

Chahal bowled De Kock when he dragged a straight delivery with a reverse sweep shot onto his stumps and he was gone for 23 while Mumbai were reduced to 54 for one.

Suryakumar joined Sharma, who swept Chahal effortlessly to move Mumbai to 72 for one after nine overs.

Rohit struck the ball effortlessly square of the wicket and found the boundary ropes with ease and the visitors reached the halfway-mark on 82 for one.

Upon his return for a second spell, Umesh had Sharma caught at wide deep long-on for 48 and Mumbai slipped to 87 for two. It was a back-of-a-length delivery and Sharma attempted an ambitious pull.

Suraykumar greeted Moeen Ali’s first over with a six over deep mid-wicket and a four to wide long on as Mumbai reached 106 for two after 13 overs.

Yuvraj Singh, batting at No 4, exploded into action in the 14th over by smashing Chahal for three successive sixes. He attempted a fourth when he was caught on the long off boundary by Siraj for 23.

Suryakumar belted two fours behind square off Colin de Grandhomme to guide Mumbai to 139 for three after 15 overs.

Chahal struck twice in his final over. Suryakumar attempted an ambitious shot and was caught at cover for 38 as Mumbai were reduced to 142 for four. Pollard was gone in the same over for five when he tried to clear deep cover but holed out to Shimron Hetmyer.

Krunal Pandya was caught on the deep square-leg boundary off Umesh in magnificent fashion and he was gone for one in the 17th over.

Mitchell McClenaghan was dismissed for one , playing on off Siraj. Mumbai lost four wickets for 25 runs off their last 21 deliveries.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), Parthjv Patel (wk), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumra, Lasith Malinga.

Source – SuperSport

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