After three defeats in early stage of IPL 2018 tournament Mumbai Indians cliched victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the recent match at their home ground. Skipper Rohit Sharma thumped a brilliant score of 94 runs, which combined with 65 off Evin Lewis, hauled Mumbai’s tally to 213. This made way for the team’s first victory of the season in its fourth campaign. Royal Challengers Bangalore scrambled to 167 losing 8 wickets in chase while surrendering the match by 46 runs.
The chase bolstered with the unbeaten score of 92 from Bangalore captain Virat Kohli. However, it was Mumbai spinners that dominated the match ultimately. Krunal Pandya dismissed three wickets for 28 runs, while McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah finished with two wickets each. Even Corey Anderson strangulated Challengers’ batsmen in the overs he bowled.
The IPL match started with an explosive bowling off Umesh Yadav, removing Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan in the first two consecutive balls. But Lewis and Sharma forged a partnership of 11 overs to bring 106 runs. In the powerplay overs, the duo scored 60 runs. The latter remained in the crease until the penultimate ball of the inning brining the next 101 runs in partnership with the middle order. With a strike rate of more than 180, Sharma brought his runs hammering 10 fours and 5 sixes. Evin Lewis, on the other hand, stuck his maiden IPL half-century. The players faced many dot balls, but they were compensated with boundaries.
Virat Kohli chased from beginning till end, but it was the lack of palpable partnership that topped the team. McClenaghan removed de Kock and de Villiers in the space of three balls setting the fall back. Krunal Pandya took the next two wickets in the 10th over sending back Mandeep Singh and Corey Anderson in consecutive deliveries. The following scalps were easy as the lower order fell without good contribution.
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