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by Krish Sripada Sunday 19 April 2015
MI 209-7 (Simmons 59) beatRCB 191-7 (Wiese 47 no) by 18 runs16th match, Indian Premier League in BangaloreScorecardUnmukt Chand and Lendl Simmons scored sublime half-centuries as Mumbai Indians (MI) won comprehensively against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 18 runs at Chinnaswamy Stadium to win their first game at this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).RCB won the toss and opted to bowl first on a ground known for being unsafe for defending scores.
MI were without their premier all-rounder Corey Anderson who was injured.
Parthiv Patel (12) started nicely with two aggressive fours against Abu Nechim (0-59).
He was lucky to survive a plumb lbw appeal but couldn’t cash in on it, done in by a slower ball from IPL debutant David Wiese (4-33).
Meanwhile on the other end, Simmons (59) was going great guns first smacking Varun Aaron (0-50) for three fours and following it up with two more off Nechim.
Unmukt Chand (58) looked to be in fine touch starting off with two fours off Iqbal Abdulla (0-35).
Chand hammered a six and four off Yuzvendra Chahal (2-28) in the 10th to take MI to 83 for one halfway through the innings.Simmons hit the biggest six of the game, a pull off Aaron that hit the roof following it up with couple of fours more to set the tempo of the game.
Simmons, who brought up his 50 in just 36 balls top-edged one off Chahal’s bowling to fine leg.
Rohit Sharma (42) was on fire as he smoked Aaron for a four and a six in the very next over. T
That was followed by Chand announcing himself, stroking four gorgeous fours off Wiese who was otherwise RCB’s best bowler of the day.
The fourth four brought up Chand’s fifty in just 33 balls.There was carnage in the next over, Rohit hitting three sixes and a four off Nechim’s bowling, one of them being the shot of the IPL so far, a half-sweep off a fuller one outside off that cleared the deep midwicket boundary by some distance.
Chand holed out to long off after stroking eight fours and two sixes in a 37-ball knock.
Wiese bowled a brilliant ninth over, giving away nine runs but picked three wickets to stop the flood of runs, especially off Rohit’s bat, whose 15-ball knock had three fours and four sixes for a strike-rate of 280.
Hardik Pandya (16 not out) provided the finishing touch smashing two humongous sixes to take MI to 209 for seven in their 20 overs with 126 runs in the second half of the innings, 76 in the last five.For RCB, Nechim had a horror match and so did Aaron. Chahal and Wiese, the only wicket-takers, ensured MI did not bat RCB out of the game with controlled bowling.MI started their defending poorly, Chris Gayle (10) dropped by Simmons off the bowling of Mitchell McClenaghan (1-43) in the second ball of the match, at short cover.
Manvinder Bisla (20) released some pressure with two fours in the third over.
He smashed Harbhajan Singh (3-27) for a six and a four in the fifth before his stumps were rattled by a quicker delivery.
Jasprit Bumrah (1-39) started out with four consecutive wides but Gayle seemed to have no form to attack the young bowler.
Gayle was dropped again on nine off Bumrah’s bowling, this time by Lasith Malinga (1-35) behind square.
However, Gayle couldn’t capitalise on the two lives,his stumps castled again by Harbhajan first ball next over, walking back with a poor strike-rate of just 41.66. Virat Kohli (18) hit one down the throat of sweeper cover, RCB in trouble at 61 for three.
AB de Villiers (41) renewed RCB hopes by smoking two fours and a six off the first three balls that he faced.
Things were looking up for RCB as Dinesh Karthik (18) smashed Pandya (0-37) for a six and two fours as well the next over taking RCB to 95 for three at the end of the 12th over.
The next over from Malinga was eventful with Karthik caught beautifully by Chand at mid-off, followed by de Villiers smashing two sixes and two fours in the remaining five balls.
Rilee Rossouw (0) was bowled first ball to dent RCB’s hopes further.
Bumrah though, picked de Villiers’ wicket, the batsmen holing out to long-on to end his 11-ball cameo.
His strike-rate of 373 is the highest in IPL history for any 40-plus knock. The game was far from over at that point though.
Wiese (47 not out) struck a six and four off a 15-run 16th over from Pandya, following it up with a 16 run over in the 17th off Bumrah, well supported by Abdulla (20).
There were nerves in MI camp as Wiese smashed three fours off McClenaghan in the 18th, RCB needing 35 off the last two overs.
However, Malinga bowled an excellent penultimate over to ensure MI get their first points this season.MI were terrible on the field, also giving away 16 extras to match RCB’s 17. They dropped a lot of catches on the field too.
Harbhajan was excellent with three wickets and an economy of 6.75, Malinga, McClenaghan and Bumrah managed a wicket apiece.
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