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Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis finally came good for Mumbai Indians; their solid knocks gave MI a good win over RCB yesterday.
Like the last season, Rohit Sharma batted at number 4 and anchored the innings well for MI. Hit Man scored 94 runs in this match and Evin Lewis scored 64 runs for Mumbai Indians.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and opted to bowl in the 14th match of the IPL 2018.
The RCB bowlers started off really, MI lost two wickets in the 1st over. Umesh Yadav gave RCB a dream start; he picked up Surya Kumar Yadav on the first ball of the innings. Surya Kumar came forward to a full delivery and missed it completely. He was clean bowled for 0.
On the second delivery of that same over, Umesh dismissed Ishan Kishen. He was also out on duck. Yadav bowls a good swinging delivery that gets Ishan clean bowled again.
Mumbai Indians were in great trouble; Evin Lewis stood there and watched this at the other end as skipper Rohit Sharma was the next batsman in.
Mumbai Indians needed these two batsmen to repair the innings which was shattered by Umesh Yadav’s bowling.
Then the Mumbai Indians innings was only about Lewis and skipper Rohit Sharma. The other MI batsmen played around them but Lewis and Rohit Sharma played important knocks that gave Mumbai a good total to defend.
After losing two quick wickets in the first over, Lewis and Sharma shared a much-needed partnership which brought them back in the game.
The partnership of 108 runs between these two MI batsmen allowed them to pile up the score.
The Bangalore bowlers couldn’t break this partnership early and the paid the price for it.
Rohit and Lewis batted for 11 overs together and took the game away from RCB.
This partnership set the tone for MI as Rohit was going on well RCB picked up Lewis in the 11th over and their bowlers made a mini-comeback in this match.
Lewis was dismissed by Corney Anderson for well made 64 runs. Anderson bowled a cutter which Lewis went to play a lofted shot and got a thick edge. He was caught behind by De Cock.
Krunal Pandya was the next batsman after this great partnership.
Mumbai Indians needed to kick on but the wickets of Krunal and Kieron Pollard didn’t allow them to do that.
RCB had made a good comeback by dismissing these two batsmen quickly; the responsibility was on Rohit Sharma to anchor the innings well.
Krunal was run out for just 15 runs in the 15th over. Rohit wanted the strike back so Krunal sacrificed this wicket for his captain.
Pollard also couldn’t do much; he was out to Chris Woakes for 5 runs.
It was a brilliant inning of 94 runs from the skipper Rohit Sharma that allowed Mumbai to score 213 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
Rohit did a very good job, he stayed till the last ball of the last over and he was the be dismissed.
Hit Man was out to Corney Anderson in the last over. Rohit hits the quicker delivery to long on, he was out after a marvelous inning of 94 runs.
Mumbai Indians reached a score of 213 runs in their 20 overs, mainly because of 21 runs came in the last over. Hardik Pandya smashed Anderson and gave the team a good score to defend. Hardik Pandya was not out on 17 runs with McClenaghan was not out on 0.
RCB started off really well but they didn’t capitalize on it. Their bowlers failed to break this partnership which took the game away from them.
Umesh Yadav and Corney Anderson picked up 2 wickets each with Chris Woakes picked up 1 wicket to his name.
The chase of 214 mammoth targets didn’t go well for RCB. It was a fighting inning from Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli but he didn’t get the desired support from the other end.
RCB made a big blunder by dropping Brendon McCullum from the squad and they paid a big price for it.
Virat Kohli decided to open the innings with De Cock, that didn’t go off to well for RCB.
The new opening combination of RCB added 40 runs for the opening wicket.
De Cock was looked in decent touch, he and Kohli had a good start but De Cock couldn’t carry on. He was out in the 4th over. RCB got a big blow.
De Cock played a wrong line, he was out on a full delivery bowled by McClenaghan. De Cock was out after scoring 19 runs.
After a decent opening start, RCB needed AB De Villers to bat well just like he batted against KXIP in their last match.
But ABD didn’t continue is good form, he was out in the same over which was bowled by McClenaghan
ABD couldn’t keep the pull shot down of the short delivery bowled by the Kiwi pacer McClenaghan. ABD was caught by Hardik Pandya at deep mid wicket region. He was out for just 1 run.
The half job was done by the Mumbai Indians bowlers, the wicket of AB De Villers was the important one for MI.
But RCB had Virat Kohli and MI needed to pick him early. He batted well in this match.
Mandeep Singh was the next batsman for RCB; he came in to provide the support to Kohli.
Mandeep batted well for a little time but he couldn’t go the long way, he needed to stay with Kohli. Mandeep goes after scoring 16 runs.
Krunal Pandya struck for Mumbai, he dismissed Mandeep cheaply. Krunal bowls it wide of Mandeep as he saw Singh danced down the wicket but Mandeep missed it and Ishan Kishen does a good job behind the stumps.
RCB had lost 3 wickets, but still, Kohli was there batting for them. Kohli just needed some support to get closer to the huge target.
Unfortunately for RCB that support never came, after Mandeep Singh was out the lower order was dismissed cheaply.
RCB lost the wickets at regular intervals; Corney Anderson was out the next ball. He was out to Krunal Pandya for a golden duck. It was a slower delivery bowled to Anderson but he miscue the shot and Duminy catches it with ease.
Washington Sundar was the next batsmen in, after adding just ten runs he was also dismissed by Krunal Pandya.
Sundar miscues the lofted drive to the cover region on a widish delivery. Sundar was out for just 7 runs.
All was up to Kohli, he battles to stay in the hunt but the loss of wickets didn’t allow him to do so.
Sarfaraz Khan also didn’t have a great IPL game, he was out to Makrande early.
And then Bumrah picked up the last two wickets of Umesh Yadav and Chris Woakes quickly, that handed a defeat to RCB by 46 runs.
Virat Kohli who played so well was not out on 92 runs, despite Kohli’s knock RCB ended on a losing side.
RCB scored 167 in their allotted 20 overs which meant Mumbai Indians won the match by 46 runs.
Their bowlers were too good in front of the batting powerhouse of RCB. Apart from the opening stand, MI bowlers didn’t allow single RCB batsmen to settle. MI was successful in picking up the wickets at regular intervals.
Krunal Pandya took 3 wickets, Bumrah and McClenaghan took 2 wickets each with Makrande picked up 1 wicket to his name.
Rohit Sharma was awarded Man of the match for his brilliant knock of 94 runs.