A well-paced half century by Rohit Sharma helped Mumbai Indians notch-up a 5-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, on Monday. With a capacity crowd cheering the Mumbai Indians on, on May Day, the home side did well to restrict RCB to 162-8 in their first innings.
The RCB batters never got their momentum going, despite getting good starts. AB de Villiers came out with all guns blazing, as he scored 43 from 27 balls. Kedar Jadhav (28 from 22) and Pawan Negi (35 from 23) brough some momentum back to the innings towards the end. However, a brilliant last over by Mitchell McClenaghan restricted RCB to 162-8. The Kiwi took two wickets off consecutive balls, as keeper Parthiv got a run out off the last delivery of the innings, to complete a team hat-trick for MI.
Mumbai also continued their own innings in the same vein as RCB, losing wickets at regular intervals, but captain Rohit Sharma came in to stabilise the innings, after Nitish Rana and Jos Buttler game them a good start. Rohit’s well-paced 56 off 37 balls kept RCB, who were constantly looking for an opportunity to get back in the game, out of the way.
This win takes Mumbai back to the top of the IPL table. Meanwhile it’s all but over for RCB. Not only do they need to win their remaining three games, but they also have to hope that Rising Pune Supergiant, Kings XI Punjab, Gujarat Lions, and Delhi Daredevils do not end up with a higher tally than them.
- Maksudul HAQUE, Correspondent, bdcrictime