Mumbai Indians thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets in a match number 38 of the Indian Premier League (IPL), at the iconic Wankhede Stadium on Monday evening, as the hosts ride on the back of their skipper Rohit Sharma, who smashed an enterprising fifty to see his side home on the penultimate delivery of the second innings.
Chasing the target of 163, hosts batsmen found it very difficult against spinner Pawan Negi in the middle overs before formidable Men in Blue brigade’s captain led from the front, to register their eighth win of the season in 10 matches, as they also topped the table with 16 points now, while chasing down the target in 19.5 overs.
Rohit remained unbeaten on 56 off 37 balls, as his match-winning knock was laced with six boundaries and a solitary six. Hardik Pandya, who equally supported Rohit remained unbeaten on 14 off nine balls.
For Bangalore, Pawan Negi claimed two wickets, whereas, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shane Watson bagged a wicket each.
After hurting his hip, while diving at the non-striker’s end to escape a run-out scare, Krunal Pandya, straightaway calls team Physio before walking off the ground ‘retired-hurt’, as he was replaced by another left-handed batsman Karn Sharma on the crease.
In 17th over, Karn Sharma 9 off eight balls, who tried to dispatch the ball over square leg found Adam Milne at the boundary line to complete regulation catch which saw Virat Kohli.
As Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma were trying to steady the ship in a bid to chase down the target, the latter mistimed a stroke only to find bucket-like hands of Travis Head at deep mid-wicket. In tenth over, it was Negi again in the business with the ball, as he removed dangerous looking Nitish Rana on 27 after facing 28 balls, who attempted a slog-sweep that measured the height only, then the distance.
Rana trudged off the ground after replays suggested Travis Head has taken a perfectly judged catch at the deep mid-wicket boundary, as he released the ball before completing it inside the boundary line which further showed the presence of mind.
As the change of bowling took place, Jos Butler (33 off 21 balls), who looked settled, was undone while playing a rash shot on the bowling of left-arm spinner Pawan Negi, as Travis Head completed a chest-high catch in the cover region. Butler, who smashed four boundaries and a six, posted 61 runs for the second wicket alongside Nitish Rana after losing Parthiv Patel at the score of zero.
Interestingly, earlier the UltraEdge in replays suggested, the bouncer from Aniket Choudhary in fourth over, has brushed off Jos Butler’s glove before it was put down by the wicket-keeper Kedhar Jadhav.
In third over, Nitish Rana had a lucky escape, as he tried to place a short-pitch delivery on the on-side before it took the leading edge – to find Aniket Choudhary outstretching his arms in the air, but of no avail at the third man region.
Mumbai Indians faced a huge blow on the very first ball of their innings when in-form Parthiv Patel mistimed pull on a short of the length delivery, slow in pace from Aniket Choudhary to find Yuzvendra Chahal diving forward to complete a good catch at the short mid-wicket.
After winning the toss against Mumbai Indians, Virat Kohli decided to bat first, in a bid to salvage some pride, as they struggled with the bat in the recent past games they featured in.
Shane Watson, who played a timed short on the good length delivery, was cleaned up by the 23-year-old Jasprit Bumrah after latter tried to play the ball on the on-side before it dislodged the zing bails – to see visitors reeling at 108 for five in 13.4 overs.
However, wicket-keeper batsman Kedar Jadhav and Pawan Negi steadied Royal Challengers ship by smashing the white-ball all-around the park – to take their team towards a decent total of 162 for eight against hosts Mumbai Indians before both returned to the pavilion on consecutive deliveries.
For Mumbai Indians, the pick of the bowlers was Mitchell McClenaghan, who mixed the deliveries well to yield the results in his favour.
The left-arm fast bowler McClenaghan claimed three wickets after conceding 34 runs. Krunal Pandya bagged two wickets followed by one wicket each by Karn Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.
Negi and Jadhav registered crucial 54 runs on the board for the sixth wicket after five wickets fell at the score of 108. Sreenath Arvind was run out on the final ball by Patel, who ran from his mark to dislodge the bails.
On the penultimate delivery, Jadhav tried to get the maximum on the short-pitched ball, as he was caught by Kieron Pollard at the edge of the long-off boundary, as he jumped to perfection to claim the catch. Jadhav got dismissed on 28 off 22 balls.
Negi (35 off 23 balls) was dismissed by Mitchell McClenaghan after latter tried to smash the ball, as the back-of-the-hand ball did the trick to see Kieron Pollard completing a catch at long-on. The left-handed batsman Negi smashed three sixes and a boundary.
In 13th over, as Royal Challengers looked to shift the momentum in their favour, AB de Villiers (43 off 27 balls), who was threatening with the bat, was removed by the left-arm orthodox spinner Krunal Pandya. While going for a full-bloodied slog sweep shot, the ball ballooned up in the air to see Jasprit Bumrah completing a simple catch at the fine leg.
Travis Head, who seemed struggling with the bat knitted 35-run partnership alongside AB de Villiers for the third wicket before he was removed by Krunal Pandya after giving a simple catch to his brother Hardik Pandya at the deep mid-wicket when he got into the position to pull the short ball aimed at the middle of the stumps.
Skipper Virat Kohli (20 off 14 balls), who started from where he left off against Rising Pune Supergiant, was eventually dismissed by Mitchell McClenaghan, who delivered a slower one which further deceived the batsman, as the ball lobbed in the air – to see Rohit Sharma completing a simple catch at short mid-wicket.
Earlier, while coming to bat first, Virat Kohli had a new batting partner in Mandeep Singh, who tried to go after the Mumbai bowlers before perishing to leg-spinner Karn Sharma, who replaced injured Harbhajan Singh.
The right-handed batsman Mandeep, who tried a slog sweep before the ball got the lower half-of-the bat as it was caught by Hardik Pandya at deep mid-wicket on 17 after facing 13 balls. His innings was laced with four boundaries.
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