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IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians Might Release Evin Lewis, Mitchell McClenaghan

Mumbai Indians are likely to release as many as two players from their squad before the IPL auction. As per a report in mykhel, the defending champions might let go opener Evin Lewis and pacer Mitchell McClenaghan. Lewis had joined the team before IPL 2018 for Rs 3.8 Crore while McClenaghan had re-joined the franchise as a replacement player for Jason Behrendorff after he was ruled out.

Also Red: IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings Might Release Four Senior Players

Lewis, the West Indies’ opener, got to play just three matches in IPL 2019 as Rohit Sharma had promoted himself in the batting order. He managed 48 runs in three matches with the highest score of 32. Last year, Lewis performed consistently and scored 382 runs with a strike-rate of 138.40.

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McClenaghan, who has played 56 IPL matches for Mumbai Indians, got five matches in IPL 2019 in which he scalped three wickets. The left-arm pacer is now a freelance cricketer and plays different leagues around the world.

If the franchise releases the two players, there can be a case when both of them might be in demand during the IPL auction. Apart from them, the franchise is unlikely to release any player.

Though there will few players who will miss the league due to different reasons. Behrendorff is set to have a back surgery which will rule him out of the game for five to six months. It will also see him miss IPL 2019.

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Rasikh Salam, who was bought by the franchise before IPL 2019, will also miss the league as he was banned by BCCI for two years for age-fraud.

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Senior all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has retired from international cricket and IPL.

The IPL auction for the next season takes place on December 19 in Kolkata. So far, only Delhi Capitals have traded Sherfane Rutherford to Mumbai Indians for Mayank Markande while Kings X Punjab have traded R Ashwin to Delhi Capitals for Jagadeesha Suchith.

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Afghanistan Vs Windies 2019/20: Second ODI – Windies End Their Five-Year-Long Wait To Win An ODI Series

Windies ended their five-year-long wait of winning an ODI series on Saturday (9th November) after beating Afghanistan by 47 runs. After this second game of this three-match ODI series, Windies are leading it by 2-0.

After winning the toss in this Lucknow ODI, Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan decided to field first. Windies openers Shai Hope and Evin Lewis provided a very good start. The openers put the 98 runs partnership for the first wicket.

But after Rashid Khan broke that partnership by dismissing Shai Hope (43 runs), Windies lost their next wickets at regular intervals. Another opener Lewis scored 54 runs.

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Afghanistan national cricket team (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

After scoring 34 runs, Shimron Hetmyer lost his wicket. At the late moment of that innings, Nicholas Pooran and Romario Shepherd put a firing 50 runs partnership for the seventh wicket. However, Pooran scored 39 runs (19 balls) in that partnership while Shepherd scored just six runs (9 balls) before losing his wicket.

Pooran’s late firing batting helped Windies to put fighting first innings total – 247/9 (50 overs). While the other middle-order batsmen were failing to reach the double-digit scores, Pooran scored 67 runs off 50 balls (7 fours and 3 sixes).

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Nicholas Pooran (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Among the Afghanistan bowlers, only the right-arm pacer Naveen-ul-Haq (3/60) scalped more than one wicket.

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Windies bowled out Afghanistan for 200 runs

In reply, once again, the Afghan batsmen struggled to score big runs. Four batsmen reached the 20-run marks, including one half-century, but Afghanistan failed to win that match at the end. These four batsmen are Najibullah Zadran (56), Rahmat Shah (33), Mohammad Nabi (32) and Hazratullah Zazai (23).

There were also had two 50+ partnerships during that chasing. While Rahmat Shah and Hazratullah Zazai put the second wicket partnership of 53 runs, Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi set the 68 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. However, most of the other partnerships struggled to add runs on the board. Afghanistan were finally all-out on just 200 runs (45.4 overs).

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Windies bowlers restricted Afghanistan to 200 runs (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Sheldon Cottrell (3/29), Roston Chase (3/30) and Hayden Walsh (3/36) all picked up three wickets each to secure a series-winning victory for Windies.

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Since August 2014, it was the first ODI series victory for Windies. The Caribbean team finally won an ODI series after failing to win it in 21 consecutive series. Earlier, on last Wednesday (6th November), Windies won the first match of this ODI series by seven wickets.

On the other hand, the latest lose was Afghanistan’s 11th consecutive ODI defeat.

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Windies vs India 2019, 1st T20I – Statistical Highlights

On Saturday (3rd August), India claimed a four-wicket victory (with 16 balls remaining) against Windies at Lauderhill in the first game of the three-match T20I series.

After winning the toss, the Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to bowl first. The Caribbean side managed to score only 95/9 in 20 overs. In reply, India chased down that target in 17.2 overs after losing six wickets.

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With this victory, India has taken a 1-0 lead in this series.

Brief Scores: Windies – 95/9 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 49, Nicholas Pooran 20; Navdeep Saini 3/17)

India – 98/6 in 17.2 overs (Rohit Sharma 24, Manish Pandey 19; Sunil Narine 2/14)

Result – India won by four wickets

Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:

(Teams’ stats)

Windies

i) Windies scored 95/9 in 20 overs.

  • It is the lowest completed T20I total for Windies against India. Their previous lowest was 109/8 (20 overs) at Kolkata on 4th November 2018.
  • It is the second-lowest total for Windies in the first innings of a T20I match. Their lowest record is 71 (13 overs) against England at Basseterre on 10th March 2019.
  • It is the sixth-lowest completed T20I total for Windies.

 

India

i) India won their 50th T20I match outside India.

  • India becomes the second team to win 50 T20I matches outside the home soil. Pakistan was the first team to achieve this feat as they have won 81 T20Is outside the home soil.

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(Players’ stats)

Windies openers

i) Both the Windies openers John Campbell and Evin Lewis scored ducks.

  • It was the second time in T20I history when both the Windies openers scored ducks in the same innings. Their first such experience was against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui on 3rd January 2018, when the Windies openers Chadwick Walton and Chris Gayle scored the ducks.
  • It was the 15th time in T20I history where both the openers scored ducks in the same innings.

 

Kieron Pollard

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i) Windies cricketer Kieron Pollard (49 runs) scored 51.58% runs of Windies’ total of this match.

  • It is the second most percentage runs of a T20I innings total for a Windies batsman. The record is scoring 62.38% runs of the total of 101 runs (17.4 overs) by Chris Gayle (63*) against Sri Lanka at Kennington Oval (London) on 19th June 2009.

 

Navdeep Saini

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i) Indian pacer Navdeep Saini had the bowling figures of 4-1-17-3.

  • It is the second-best T20I bowling figures by an Indian bowler against Windies. The record is 4-0-13-3 by the left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav at Kolkata on 4th November 2018.
  • It is the second-best bowling figures by an Indian right-arm bowler on T20I debut. The record is 4-0-9-3 by the right-arm pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar against Pakistan at Bengaluru on 25th December 2012.
  • It is the joint fourth-best bowling figures by an Indian bowler on T20I debut.
  • Navdeep Saini is the third Indian bowler to bowl a maiden over on T20I debut. The first two Indian bowlers were Ajit Agarkar and Khaleel Ahmed.

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Ravindra Jadeja

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i) Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja completed 400 international wickets.

  • Ravindra Jadeja is the second Indian left-arm bowler to claim 400 international wickets. The left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan took 597 international wickets.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is the fourth Indian spinner to take 400 international wickets. The other Indian spinners to achieve this feat was Anil Kumble (953 wickets), Harbhajan Singh (707 wickets) and Ravichandran Ashwin (544 wickets).
  • Ravindra Jadeja is the fifth left-arm spinner in international cricket history to pick up 400 international wickets.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is the seventh Indian bowler to take 400 international wickets.

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Sunil Narine

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i) Windies off-spinner Sunil Narine has taken 52 T20I wickets.

  • It is the joint second-most T20I wickets for a Windies bowler. Former Windies right-arm pacer Dwayne Bravo also took 52 T20I wickets. The record-holder is the leg-spinner Samuel Badree with 54 T20I wickets.
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Shreyas Iyer Put His Name To The Special Record After Slamming Another T20 Century

Before the IPL 2019, Shreyas Iyer is running in an excellent batting form. Once again he hit a T20 century and also put his name to the top of record list.

Just a few days ago, the Mumbai cricketer played a record-breaking T20 innings of 147 runs against Sikkim in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. It was the highest T20 knock by an Indian batsman as he broke the record of Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 128-run knock in the last IPL season. In that latest record-breaking T20 innings, Shreyas Iyer hit seven boundaries and 15 over-boundaries.

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On Sunday (24 February), Shreyas Iyer hit another T20 century in the same tournament. Playing against Madhya Pradesh in the Group C encounter, the Mumbai batsman this time scored another match-winning unbeaten 103 runs. Chasing down the 144-run target, Mumbai lost their both openers on just seven runs on the board. Opener Prithvi Shaw scored a golden duck while the other opener Ajinkya Rahane lost his wicket on only one run.

However, Shreyas Iyer soon took control of that innings and provided a 138-run unbroken partnership with Suryakumar Yadav for the unbroken third wicket to secure the eight-wicket victory for his team. Shreyas Iyer guided his side with his second T20 century and remained not out on 103 runs off 55 balls. Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav played an unbeaten knock of 39 runs off 36 balls.

The special record from Shreyas Iyer

During his latest century knock, Shreyas Iyer hit five boundaries and ten over-boundaries. With this special knock, Shreyas Iyer became the first Indian batsman to hit 10 or more sixes in a T20 innings for three times. In overall, only Chris Gayle has hit more times from Shreyas Iyer as the left-handed batsman has achieved it for 17 times. Also, Andre Russell and Evin Lewis have hit 10 or more sixes in a T20 innings for three times.

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Chris Gayle (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Players who have hit 10 or more sixes in a T20 innings for more than once

Player No.of times hit 10 or more sixes in a T20 innings
Chris Gayle 17
Shreyas Iyer 3
Andre Russell 3
Evin Lewis 3
Brendon McCullum 2
Dasun Shanaka 2
Aaron Finch 2
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Windies cricketers would be raring to go against the World XI side at Lords.
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ICC World XI vs Windies 2018: Five Windies Players to Watch Out For

The 2016 World T20 Champions, Windies will square off against a star-studded World XI team in a fund-raising T20 game at Lords on Thursday (May 31).

Meanwhile, the proceeds will go into the rebuilding of the Carribean stadiums damaged due to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria in September last year. The two stadiums damaged due to the hurricanes are Ronald Webster Park and Dominica’s Windsor Park.

The Caribbeans will look set things right against World XI on the day, more so because of the manner in which they lost their last T20 series to Pakistan and New Zealand. Moreover, they had to play the Qualifiers to qualify for the ICC World Cup next year.

It will be an enthralling experience with both teams having some quality players in their ranks. On that note, let us take a look at five Windies players to watch out for:

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Mumbai will look to come back to winning ways against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Credit: BCCI
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IPL 2018, Match 23, Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad: Match Prediction

We are just into the 3rd week of Vivo IPL 11 but we have witnessed several last balls and last over thrillers which have kept the tournament in the right shape. With just 1/3rd of the tournament completed, Mumbai Indians meet the Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2nd time in the tournament. They will definitely gain heart from the fact that they will be playing on their home ground, the Wankhede Stadium.

This year’s journey has been an unfortunate one for Mumbai so far. They have lost 4 last over thrillers out of 5 and is in a bother at the moment. However, the team is known for bouncing back from the toughest of situations and you cannot rule out this prospect so early on in the tournament. The batting department has looked pretty organized.

However, in the previous encounter against the Rajasthan Royals, the batsmen let themselves down in the last 5 overs. The inconsistency of champion bowler Jasprit Bumrah has also been one of the major shortcomings for Mumbai in this edition so far. Young leggie Mayank Markane who burst on to the scene with some spectacular performances has faded off a little. In the last 3 matches, he has only bagged a solitary wicket. Now it is time for Rohit Sharma to go up to him and say that: You are still a match winner and I still have the faith and confidence in you despite giving you just two overs in the previous game.

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Mumbai Indians cricketers Rohit Sharma (2nd L) Jasprit Bumrah (L) and Mayank Markande (R) celebrate the wicket of Sunrisers Hyderabad player Yousuf Pathan (unseen) during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on April 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NOAH SEELAM / —-IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE—– / GETTYOUT

Mumbai have been largely inconsistent. When the bowlers have fired, they have turned losing matches around. However, their consistency has been the major factor behind Mumbai losing 4 matches. It was a Krishnappa Gowtham special which helped Rajasthan clinch a last over thriller at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.

On the other hand, Hyderabad is also coming off a last-ball defeat in the previous encounter against the Chennai Super Kings. Skipper Williamson played a terrific knock. However, it didn’t prove to be enough in the end as they fell short by just 4 runs. Hyderabad has always been a team which has banked on his bowlers. They have been overly reliant on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan at times which has brought about their downfall.

The young man from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan got a dent in the reputation of being the No 1 T20 bowler in the previous two encounters. He was smashed for 4 sixes on a trot by Chris Gayle while he got a hammering at the hands of Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina against the Chennai Super Kings. Even in their first match against the Mumbai Indians, their bowling department managed to save them from the blushes.

The batting unit made a mess of the target and in the end, it was a boundary from Billy Stanlake which handed them a 1 wicket victory in the final delivery of the match.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate win during match ten of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on the 14th April 2018.
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Team Combinations

Mumbai Indians

Despite the results not coming their way, Mumbai Indians has looked a settled unit. Most of their players look in good shape. In all likelihood, the home team will field the same XI that lost against Rajasthan the other day.

Predicted XI: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t travelled with the team and won’t be part of the playing XI in today’s encounter. Opener Shikhar Dhawan also looks doubtful. His participation will depend on the fitness test he will undergo ahead of the match. Sandeep Sharma might replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Alex Hales

Predicted XI: Alex Hales/Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Sharma.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad mention no-ball issue in captain’s report. Credit: BCCI

Match Predictions

It is expected to be a crackerjack of a contest. Mumbai is a too good a team to lose 5 out of 6. So I will favour of the law of averages. We also know that Mumbai loves bouncing back from tough situations and today can well be one such day. So I am backing Mumbai to win today’s clash.

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during match fourteen of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on the 17th April 2018. Photo by: Faheem Hussain / IPL/ SPORTZPICS
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IPL 2018: 14th Match, MI vs RCB – Five Game Changing Moments

The second game at the iconic Wankhede Stadium between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) belonged to the hosts who finally were able to register themselves in the points table of Indian Premier League (IPL).

Mumbai posted a total of 213 for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. Chasing yet another total of above 210, Virat Kohli lost partners regularly as the captain was left unsupported at the other end.

Krunal Pandya and Mitchell McClenaghan kept chipping in with wickets in clumps which put the visitors on the backfoot.

In the end, the host were handed a massive victory of 46 runs as Rohit Sharma was awarded as the Man of the Match for his superb performance.

Let us look at the game-changing moments of the match for MI:

Umesh Yadav rocking Mumbai’s boat upfront:

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Umesh Yadav of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Photo by: Vipin Pawar / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Following his Man of the Match performance against Kings XI Punjab, Umesh Yadav went for plenty in the Royals Derby. Also, following his unpredictability, Umesh sent back Mumbai Indians’ openers in the first couple of deliveries of the match.

The Vidarbha Express cleaned up Suryakumar Yadav‘s off stump using a fast incoming delivery, for a golden duck.

Subsequently, the left-hander, Ishan Kishan received another incoming ball which cleaned him up in style.

Mumbai Indians, on a losing streak, received a couple of early jolts as they lost two wickets in the first two deliveries of the match.

Evin Lewis’ counter-attack:

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With the score at 0-2, West Indian opener, Evin Lewis appeared unperturbed as he played in his normal counter-attacking fashion, instigating the MI revival.

Lewis was unstoppable for his 65 which came off just 42 deliveries.

In his knock, he smashed six maximums to register himself in the leaderboard for the most number of sixes this IPL, along with fellow Windies, Andre Russell, and Dwyane Bravo.

Rohit Sharma’s captain knock:

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Rohit Sharma captain of the Mumbai Indians and Evin Lewis of the Mumbai Indians. Photo by: Vipin Pawar / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Captain Rohit Sharma first stitched a game-changing partnership of 108 runs in just 11 overs with Lewis. Then, the Hitman took it upon himself – to deliver the knockout punch in the end with his supreme knock.

Rohit smashed a 52-ball 94 at his favourite position of number four in franchise cricket. Sharma struck a mammoth 10 boundaries and five sixes to entertain his home crowd.

The mumbai-based outfit was able to post a target above 200 due to the fireworks from their captain and Hardik Pandya in the end.

McClenaghan cleaning up the Proteans:

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Mitch McClenaghan bowled a decisive spell in the powerplays. Photo by: Faheem Hussain / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

RCB looked determined to not repeat their mistakes against Royals in a run chase. Quinton de Kock and captain Virat Kohli looked to utilize the powerplay with their strokeplay.

But it all changed after Mitchell McClenaghan was introduced into the attack. In one over, he first removed the dangerous looking Quinton de Kock.

The Kiwi then removed the other Proteas in the RCB lineup by the name of AB de Villiers, who hold out at square leg.

Two wickets by McClenaghan in the powerplay, put MI in a commanding position.

Krunal Pandya’s spell:

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After a rare failure with the bat in the tournament, Krunal Pandya ensured that he broke the back of RCB’s middle=order with three priceless wickets.

Two of them came in a single over off successive deliveries, (dismissals of Mandeep Singh and Corey Anderson), which turned out to be the game point for MI.

Moreover, he then came back to dismiss Washington Sundar. Krunal ends up with the exemplary figures of three for 28 in his quota of four overs.

Also read: IPL 2018: Me Batting at Four Gives the Balance to The Side: Rohit Sharma

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Evin Lewis with Rohit Sharma. Photo by: Vipin Pawar / IPL/ SPORTZPICS
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IPL 2018, Match 14, MI v RCB: Mumbai Indians Open Their Account With a Resounding Victory

The three-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians finally registered a victory in the ongoing season eleven after beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore quite comprehensively by 46 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 17.

It was a sensational all-round performance by the home team which helped them open their account.

Earlier in the day, it was a brilliant innings by Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma which propelled them to a score of 213 in their allotted 20 overs.

Evin Lewis also batted superbly as the home team went past the 200 mark with ease. In the end, it was a cameo of 17 off just 5 deliveries by Hardik Pandya which propelled them to a big total.

RCB never looked in a chase and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. After a solid opening partnership, Bangalore lost the plot altogether and surrendered victory in terms of runs to the Mumbai-based outfit.

After winning the toss Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli opted to field. Speedster Umesh Yadav provided a dramatic start as far as RCB were concerned. He castled Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan while bowling first two deliveries of the match.

However, it was the only time Bangalore was ahead in this particular game. From there on it was a brilliant partnership by Rohit and Evin Lewis which set up Mumbai for a huge total.

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Lewis looked in ominous touch and stitched together a 108-run stand with his skipper.

The skipper came back to form in style as he scored a brilliant 94 of 52 deliveries. He started going for the big shots in the death overs and connected most of the times.

Rohit was eventually dismissed in the penultimate delivery of the innings after he smashed 10 fours and five sixes during his brilliant knock.

The late flurry was provided by Hardik Pandya. He survived a close shave which also got Kohli agitated. He had a long discussion with the umpires and was simply not happy with why the caught behind the decision of Pandya was overturned.

It required a monumental task from either Kohli or AB de Villiers to get Bangalore anywhere close to the target. Bangalore began well as the openers Kohli and De Kock struck some fluent boundaries.

They got off to a flying start and raced off to 40 in 4.1 overs before Mitchell McClenaghan brought about an end to de Kocks’s knock.

The left-arm pacer also bagged the wicket of dangerman AB de Villiers in the same over. From there on it became really a difficult job for Kohli.

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Krunal Pandya celebrates one of his wickets against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (Photo Source: Hindustan Times)

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Krunal Pandya after being smashed for runs in his opening over, came back quite strongly. The left-arm spinner bagged the wickets of Mandeep Singh and Corey Anderson in successive deliveries.

It required an unreal task from Kohli but he was unlucky as he kept losing his partners on a consistent basis. Wickets kept tumbling as RCB never managed to claw their way back into the match.

They eventually fell short by runs. Krunal Pandya was the pick of the Mumbai bowlers bagging 3 wickets while McClenaghan and Bumrah bagged two each.

Yet again young leg-spinner Mayank Markande bowled brilliantly and ended with figures of one for 25 in his 4 overs. Captain Kohli was the lone warrior for Bangalore with a well composed 92.

Brief Scores

Mumbai Indians 213/6 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 92, Evin Lewis 64, Umesh Yadav 2/36)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Virat Kohli 92, Krunal Pandya 3/28, Mitchell McClenaghan 2/24)

Mumbai Indians won by 46 runs.

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IPL 2018: Match 14, Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – Match Prediction

The most successful team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Mumbai Indians are yet to win a match in this ongoing eleventh edition of the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.

Indians have lost three close matches and will be looking to get their campaign back on track. They will meet Virat Kohli‘s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 14th match of the competition at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Indians suffered three last-ball defeats which haven’t allowed them to keep their morale as good as they would have liked.

However, we have seen in the past how Mumbai Indians have made remarkable comebacks.

Given the credibility of the side, one cannot really rule out a comeback from the most successful team in the tournament.

Most of the matches from here on will be must-win encounters for Mumbai. One more defeat will surely push them to the backfoot and will take something miraculous to force their way back into the tournament.

The margins of the victories have given some hope to the Mumbai Indians or as Pollard adds: “If we were down right now, we should be home.”

In most of the matches, all the batsmen more or less came handy barring skipper Rohit Sharma, He needs to rise to the occasion and inspire the team, in order to make their way back into the tournament.

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Mumbai will face Royal Challengers Bangalore later today at the Wankhede Stadium. Credit: BCCI

Meanwhile, Bangalore is still trying to find out what has been going wrong for them. They won against the Kings XI Punjab but lost against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KRR) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR).

The star-studded side hasn’t been able to gel together in most of the seasons. However, this season has started off in the same manner.

Captain Virat Kohli scored a magnificent half-century against the Rajasthan Royals, but it wasn’t enough to give them a victory.

The bowlers were found wanting in the previous encounter against Rajasthan when they were plundered for 217 runs in 20 overs.

Highly-impressive Sanju Samson played a brilliant knock of 92 off 45 deliveries. His unbeaten innings included a couple of fours and 10 sixes.

Bangalore team would need to surely pull their socks and start performing as a bowling unit.

On the other hand, Mumbai will be looking to register their maiden victory in the tournament at their home ground.

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Team Combinations –

Mumbai Indians

The Mumbai outfit has a solid team but has failed to deliver in crunch situations. The move to go with mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya didn’t quite work. They might employ the services of JP Duminy in Dhananjay’s place.

Mumbai’s decision to send Suryakumar Yadav with Evin Lewis worked wonders and they will surely keep the combination at least for the next couple of matches.

Meanwhile young leg-spinner Mayank Markande has been the find for Mumbai Indians this season so far.

Predicted XI: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Akila Dananjaya/JP Duminy, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman

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Royal Challengers Bangalore:

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Virat Kohli was delighted with his side’s performance against Kings XI Punjab. Image Courtesy: BCCI

The Bangalore outfit has got their combination right in only one out of the 3 games. Umesh Yadav bowled brilliantly in one of the games but was smashed for 58 runs in his four overs spell against Rajasthan.

Kulwant Khejroliya, who went for runs in the previous encounter might make way for the inclusion of Mohammed Siraj. They should strengthen their middle order which wasn’t the case in the previous few matches.

Predicted XI: Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal

Match Prediction:

Both teams have started off their campaign in an indifferent manner. While Mumbai is winless in the tournament so far, Bangalore has won one out of their three encounters.

Mumbai Indians will be playing in front of their home ground.

Given their home advantage, I have a gut feeling that Mumbai might win their first match of the tournament.

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Delhi registers their first win against Mumbai. Credit BCCI
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IPL 2018: It Was a Tremendous Effort from the Bowlers to Drag them Back to 195 – Gautam Gambhir

Delhi Daredevils registered their maiden victory of the 11th edition of the tournament during their clash against the Mumbai Indians.

It was a magnificent inning by Jason Roy which eventually helped Delhi seal the deal for the visitors. Roy remained unbeaten on 91 to finish off the job for Daredevils.

Early in the day, the Mumbai Indians got off to a solid start courtesy a great opening stand by Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav. However, they couldn’t quite carry on their good work and lost their last five wickets for a meagre 33 runs in the last five overs.

It was some good tight bowling by the Mumbai Indians bowlers during the last three overs which stretched the match to the last ball.

Mustafizur Rahman was handed over the final over by Rohit Sharma. He got smashed for a four and a six on the first two deliveries. However, the left-arm pacer bounced back strongly and bowled three consecutive dot deliveries to bring the calculation to 1 of 1. Roy eventually smashed a short of length delivery over the infield to hand Delhi their first victory of the tournament.

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians remains winless after the first three encounters.

It was Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir who won the toss and opted to field. The Mumbai Indians went for a new opening batsman as Suryakumar Yadav walked out in the middle with flamboyant Carribean batsman Evin Lewis.

The duo looked in sensational touch from the outset and started punishing the Delhi bowlers.

Delhi Daredevils, Jason Roy, IPL 2018
Jason Roy scored an unbeaten 91 against Mumbai Indians to beat them by seven wickets.

Boundaries kept flowing, as both Surya and Even looked in complete command of proceedings. Suryakumar began the charge, and later Evin Lewis also came into the act. Their exceptional hitting ensured Mumbai reached a commendable 80/0 at the end of the first powerplay.

There was no stopping either of them. The Delhi bowlers were plundered all around the Wankhede Stadium.

The duo shared a 102 runs partnership which came in speedy time. When Lewis was dismissed in the 9th over, Mumbai had already gone past the century mark. The southpaw struck 48 off 28 deliveries, an innings which was studded with four fours and as many gigantic sixes.

Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed soon after on the score of 53 off 32 deliveries. His innings included seven fours and a six.

Wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan also began well and struck some delightful shots in the process. He scored 44 off 23 deliveries before being castled by Dan Christian. Mumbai was sitting pretty on 166/2 at that stage.

However, there was a dramatic collapse in the last four overs which saw Mumbai losing five wickets for the addition of just 21 runs. Mumbai eventually managed to score 194/7 in their allotted 20 overs.

Chasing a relatively big target to chase, Delhi also began fluently. Jason Roy, in particular, looked in sensational touch. The Englishman struck some amazing shots to get his innings underway. Skipper Gautam Gambhir, on the other hand, looked a bit rusty and struggled his way through 15 off 16 deliveries.

The southpaw was undone by a brilliant off-cutter from Mustafizur Rahman in the 6th over.

Rishabh Pant joined Roy in the middle, and the southpaw went on the rampage from the outset, The youngster smashed six fours and two big sixes during his knock of 47 off just 25 deliveries.

Roy, on the other hand, did about his business in an unfazed manner. He found the gaps on a consistent basis and never allowed the asking rate to creep up.

IPL 2018: It Was a Tremendous Effort from the Bowlers to Drag them Back to 195 - Gautam Gambhir 16

It was a couple of brilliant catches which eventually brought back Mumbai into the game. Firstly it was the catch of Kieron Pollard which sent back Pant to the pavilion.

Pretty soon it was another blinder by Hardik Pandya which brought about Maxwell’s downfall. Mumbai kept chipping away with the wickets. However, Jason Roy ensured Delhi was well in control of proceedings.

With 16 required off the last two, Jasprit Bumrah bowled a sensational penultimate over where he conceded just five runs to bring the calculation to 11 required off the last six.

Mustafizur conceded a four and six on the first two deliveries to put DD in the driving seat. However, he bowled three consecutive dot deliveries which made the encounter all the more interesting.

In the end, Delhi returned triumphant by seven wickets on the final delivery of the match.

Here is what winning-skipper Gautam Gambhir said at the post-match presentation,

“I thought that it was a serious win. It was a tremendous effort from the bowlers to drag them back to 195. At one time we were thinking they might get 230. The way bowlers bowled, a lot of credit goes to them. We knew under lights the ball will come better onto the bat better. Rahul Tewatia was brilliant. The last five overs we were tremendous, both Shami and Dan Christian were terrific. The mood in the dressing at the innings break was good as we expected the opposition to get 230 but restricted them around 190. Guys were pumped up as they knew 180-190 is changeable on this ground. Roy showed everyone that he is a class player, especially in this format. (On playing next match at Eden) We got to try and take it as any other game. I will try not to be emotional.”

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