Mumbai Indians (MI) banked on an all-round performance from its players to register their first victory of this eleventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 46 runs at iconic Wankhede on Tuesday (April 17) night.
Batting first, Mumbai posted a staggering total of 213 runs while riding on Evin Lewis and skipper Rohit Sharma‘s fifties. While Rohit stormed back to form, Lewis (65) also showed great determination after losing two wickets in the first over.
However, it was the skipper who took the game away with a 54-ball 92 including ten fours and five sixes. Some late blows from Hardik Pandya (17 off 5) helped Mumbai register yet another 200.
Meanwhile, in return, Bangalore lost wickets regularly as Virat Kohli continued from the other end. He remained unbeaten on 92 off 62 deliveries as RCB lost eight wickets from the other end to finish at 167.
Moreover, it was superb bowling effort from the Mumbai bowlers especially Krunal Pandya. Pandya picked three crucial wickets to hand RCB a middle-order collapse.
Mitchell McClenaghan also provided good support with two wickets.
As a result, Mumbai registered their first win after three losses on a trot.
Here is the players rating of Mumbai Indians:
Suryakumar Yadav: (1/10):
However, he will try and come out of this and do well in the next outing.
Evin Lewis: (7.5/10):
After starting slowly in the tournament, Evin Lewis has picked up at the right time. Lewis has slowly crawled up the list of highest run-scorer.
The southpaw from Windies played a responsible knock of 65 runs after Mumbai suffered an early collapse.
Ishan Kishan (wk): (2/10):
The young wicket-keeper batsman also tasted his first failure of the season as he got out without troubling the scorers. Umesh Yadav castled his stumps with a perfect inswinger.
Meanwhile, it will not worry Kishan much and he will look to hit back in the next game.
Rohit Sharma (c): (9/10):
Rohit Sharma‘s back to form will be a huge boost for the defending champions. Although he struggled early, before absolutely hammering the bowlers all-around the park.
He registered 94 runs off just 52 balls to guide his team to post a massive total.
Kieron Pollard: (3/10):
It was a perfect situation for Kieron Pollard to go all guns blazing but the Windies all-rounder couldn’t match up to his expectations.
Pollard registered five runs off just deliveries before getting out.
Krunal Pandya: (7/10):
The senior of the Pandya brothers had an outstanding outing with the bowl against RCB. After getting out unfortunately on 15, he took three crucial wickets to took the game away from Bangalore.
Krunal Pandya‘s all-round form will be crucial for Mumbai going ahead.
Hardik Pandya: (5.5/10):
Hardik Pandya hammered some mighty blows at the fag end of the play. He smashed 17 runs off just five deliveries – to help Mumbai post a staggering total.
With the ball, he bowled only one over giving away fours runs.
Mitchell McClenaghan: (6/10):
Mitchell McClenaghan was superb with the ball today. he utilised the opportunity to full effect to return with two for 24 in his three overs.
His form with add confidence to the Mumbai dugout.
Mayank Markande: (5/10):
After starting the tournament on a record high, the young Mayanl Markande has had few average games.
Although he struggled to pick wickets, his economy rate was absolutely spot on.
Jasprit Bumrah: (6/10):
After having a few off games, Jasprit Bumrah is back in form which will bring a smile to Mumbai squad.
He was absolutely superb today giving away only 28 runs in his four overs. His late blows put the last nail in RCB’s coffin.
Mustafizur Rahman: (3/10):
It was an off-day for the Bangladeshi pacer. Although the other bowlers were pitch perfect, Mustafizur went for plenty.
He gave away 55 runs in his four overs, however, will look to come back early.
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