AB's RCB go down to Mumbai

2014-05-06 21:11
Kieron Pollard (File)
Mumbai - A sparkling innings by Rohit Sharma and an excellent all-round bowling performance by the Mumbai Indians attack propelled the hosts to a 19-run win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

According to the supersport.com website, Sharma crafted a masterly 59 off 35 balls with three fours and four sixes to power Mumbai to 187 for five. He added 97 off 60 balls for the fourth wicket with Kieron Pollard, who managed 43 off 31 deliveries.

Jasprit Bumrah, with 2-22, Lasith Malinga, with 2-28, and Harbhajan Singh, with 2-33, collectively inflicted the most damage for Mumbai and restricted the visitors to 168 for eight.

Malinga, as has become custom, was world-class in the final stage of the contest.

He was virtually unplayable as he read the last rites by having Rilee Rossouw caught in the covers for 24 to reduce Bangalore to 158 for 8 in the penultimate over.

Chris Gayle had Bangalore off to a flying start in pursuit of 187 by muscling 28 runs in an over from Pawan Suyal.

Thanks to the talismanic West Indian, Bangalore reached 64 for one after six overs.

In the tenth over, Gayle was bowled by Singh for 38. Gayle faced 24 balls and hit three fours and three sixes.

RCB still looked in a reasonable shape to reach the challenging total while the score was 94 for two after 10 overs and AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli were at the crease.

But the two master blasters failed to ignite the innings.

De Villiers was bowled around his legs by Bumrah for nine in the thirteenth over.

In the next over, Kohli holed out to Corey Anderson at long-off when he tried to hit Suyal out of the ground and perished for 35 as Bangalore slipped to 119 for four in the fourteenth over.

Yuvraj Singh perished in the sixteenth over for 9 when he attempted to complete a quick single.

He was expertly run out by a shrewd direct hit inflicted by Pollard’s foot as Bangalore limped to 132 for five in the sixteenth over.

Rossouw produced a useful innings, but lacked the experience or the batting partners to lambast arguably the finest death-bowler in global T20-cricket, Malinga.

Rossouw was caught in the covers by Sharma off Malinga for 24 as Bangalore slipped to 159 for eight.

Sharma and Pollard joined forces for Mumbai on 84 for four after 9.4 overs.

They had to rebuild after the hosts suffered a mini-collapse that saw them lose three scalps in the space of 11 deliveries.

Sharma and Pollard added 68 runs in the final five overs.

Sharma blasted 24 runs in the penultimate over to destroy Varun Aaron’s figures.

The superb Mumbai innings was marred by an ugly stand-off between Pollard and the fast bowler Mitchell Starc.

It started when Pollard pulled out of the way as Starc was getting into his delivery stride to bowl. Yet Starc still delivered the ball which followed Pollard while he was moving out of the way to the leg-side

An outraged Pollard threw his bat in the direction of the bowler, and an angry war of words erupted. As tempers flared, the umpires had to step in to calm the players down.

At a stage, Pollard put a hand on Kohli’s arm, but the RCB skipper pulled away from him.

Chidhambaram Gautam had the Mumbai innings off to a respectable start by hitting 30 off 28 balls with two fours and three sixes, as the hosts reached 50 for one after the power play.

Bangalore contributed to the swift start by bolstering the total with seventeen extras in the first seven overs.

Gautam was well caught behind off Aaron for 30.

Ashok Dinda bowled the out-of-form Ambati Rayudu for 9 before Pollard and Sharma resurrected the innings in spectacular fashion.

Harshal Patel was the pick of the attack and captured 1-28 in four overs.

Starc finished with 0-29 from four overs.


Mumbai Indians:
BR Dunk, CM Gautam (wicketkeeper), AT Rayudu, RG Sharma (captain), CJ Anderson, KA Pollard, AP Tare, Harbhajan Singh, JJ Bumrah, SL Malinga, P Suyal

Royal Challengers Bangalore: CH Gayle, PA Patel (wicketkeeper), V Kohli (captain), RR Rossouw, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, MA Starc, HV Patel, AB Dinda, VR Aaron, YS Chahal


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