Bangalore Maintain Winning Start
Royal Challengers Bangalore 116-3 beat
Mumbai Indians 115-9 by seven wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Dubai
The Royal Challengers Bangalore made it two Indian Premier League 2014 wins from two, overcoming a poor start to their innings to beat the Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in Dubai.
At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, they restricted the defending champions to a paltry 115 for nine in their allotted 20 overs, and then scored 116 for three in 17.3 overs to take their points-tally to four.
Facing a not-too-tall chase, Bangalore made a decent start with Nic Maddinson (12) and Parthiv Patel adding 16 runs, before they ran into some grave trouble.
The former was cleaned up by Lasith Malinga (1-20) in the third over and then three balls later, Virat Kohli guided one straight off Zaheer Khan (2-21) to lone slip to be dismissed for a two-ball duck. Two balls later, Khan trapped Yuvraj Singh (0) as well and had the Royal Challengers in all sorts of trouble at 17 for three.
From there onwards, Patel took centrestage as he put up a 99-run stand with AB de Villiers for the fourth wicket and steered his side to victory.
They rebuilt the innings carefully with the 50-run mark coming in the 10th over, and then accelerated thereafter to reach the 100-run mark in 16.2 overs. In doing so, they brought up their 50-run partnership off only 51 balls, with Patel going on to complete his first half-century of the tournament, facing 42 balls with six fours.
In the end he was unbeaten on 57 not out off 45 balls, with seven fours, while de Villiers scored 45 not out off 48 balls, hitting three fours and a six, as Bangalore won with 15 balls to spare.
Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and put Mumbai Indians in to bat. The latter made a slow start and then stuttered once again. Michael Husseey (16) did not latch onto a dropped chance, and was out to Albie Morkel (1-23) in the fourth over.
But Aditya Tare (17) and Ambati Rayudu picked up the pace of scoring with some lusty hits, taking the score past the 50-run mark in the seventh over.
Mumbai needed this pairing to continue, but Tare fell in the same over, after adding 32 runs for the second wicket.
Bangalore sensed an opening there, and struck repeated blows to dent Mumbai’s chances of putting up a tall score. Rohit Sharma (2) and Keiron Pollard (3) departed with the score moving only 18 runs in the next four overs, with leg-break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal (2-17) providing the double breakthrough.
Rayudu was the next man to go, immediately after the 100-run mark came up in the 17th over. He scored 35 runs off 37 balls (one four), but his team needed more than that.
Corey Anderson scored a brisk 18 runs, but slowly the Mumbai Indians’ innings was running out of steam, as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and finished at a below-par score.
Varun Aaron (2-30), Mitchell Starc (2-21) and Ashok Dinda (1-14) were the other wicket-takers.
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