IPL 2013: Mumbai Roar Back Into Contention

IPL 2013: Mumbai Roar Back Into Contention
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Mumbai Indians 194-7 (Smith 50) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 136-7 by 58 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Mumbai
Report by Chetan Narula

Mumbai Indians roared back into Indian Premier League 2013 contention with a second successive win, this time at home, when they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by a comfortable margin of 58 runs at the Wankhede Stadium.

This win took Mumbai into the top four, with 10 points from eight games, pushing Sunrisers Hyderabad down to fifth (also with 10 points after their loss earlier in the day). Bangalore remain top with 12 points from nine games, but their run-rate took a beating.

Mumbai won the toss and stand-in-skipper for the second game running, Rohit Sharma, had no doubts about batting first. Sachin Tendulkar (23) got them off to a rousing start with five boundaries before falling in the fourth over to RP Singh (1-40).

Dwayne Smith was then joined by the in-form Dinesh Karthik and the duo put on 68 runs for the second wicket, off just 39 balls.

Smith hit his second consecutive half-century, his 50 runs coming off 36 balls, with four fours and three sixes. He was bowled in the 11th over by Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad (1-43) and it brought Rohit together with Karthik. Their partnership started well but lasted only 21 runs this time, with the skipper run out for 10. The big-hitting Kieron Pollard came out and live up to his reputation, smacking 34 runs off only 16 balls, with two fours and three sixes.

51 runs came off this Pollard-Karthik partnership before the latter was run out for 43 runs. He used up 33 balls, hitting three fours and one six. Ambati Rayudu was run out immediately, as Virat Kohli hit the stumps with the batsman backing up and then running into the bowler Ranganath Vinay Kumar (1-38), who then dismissed Pollard.

The Mumbai lower order came up short, yet they ended with 194 for seven in 20 overs, a more than challenging total on a batsmen-friendly wicket.

For the chase, all eyes were obviously on Chris Gayle and whether he could repeat his record performance from the last game. The start from Royal Challengers' openers was a decent one, 35 runs in 34 balls, but it just didn’t set up the game from them.

Things were going slowly and Dhawal Kulkarni triggered a top-order collapse. He returned three for 19 from his four overs, accounting for Dilshan (13), Virat Kohli (1) and AB de Villiers (2), while Harbhajan Singh (2-21) broke into his version of a Gangnam-style dance after dismissing Gayle (18).

It was a nightmare come true for Bangalore as their best batsmen collapsed leaving Saurabh Tiwary (21) to do a lot of work. He fought with Arun Karthik (12) but the scale of the task required kept getting bigger and bigger.

Eventually the Royal Challengers finished at 136 for seven with Ravi Rampual (23 not out) and R Vinay Kumar (26 not out) sharing an unbeaten 51-run stand that at least ensured they avoided being bowled out.

© Cricket World 2013

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