Sharma’s innings and good bowling give Mumbai Indians the edge

2014-05-07 00:00

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 yesterday.

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, having Rilee Rossouw caught in the covers for 24 to reduce Bangalore to 158 for eight 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 10th 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 13th 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 14th over.

Yuvraj Singh perished in the 16th over for nine 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 16th 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.

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