IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma's 94 powers Mumbai Indians to their first win this season

After being 0/2 in the first over, MI recovered with Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis playing important knocks to guide the home team to 213/6 against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore.

  • IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma's 94 powers Mumbai Indians to their first win this season
  • IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma's 94 powers Mumbai Indians to their first win this season
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Mumbai Indians needed to win this match as they've lost three in a row and with Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore visiting Mumbai, it was the perfect game to open the Indian Premier League account. RCB won the toss and elected to field first at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. 


First Innings

Mumbai Indians opened with Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis like the previous game. RCB's Umesh Yadav started the innings in a blistering fashion with two wickets in the first two balls. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan were done with the swing and the stumps were knocked off.

Captain Rohit Sharma came in at No.4 and steadied the innings along with Evin Lewis.

Lewis continued his good form from the last game hitting boundaries and the maximum with the skipper supporting him from the other end. The West Indies player scored his first 50 for MI this season in 34 balls. 

Lewis continued going for the maximum but miscued a shot and skied it to Corey Anderson's delivery with de Kock getting underneath it. He scored 65 in 42 balls (6x4, 5x6). 

Krunal Pandya was the next batsman in and played a brief supporting role to Sharma's big hitting. A mix up led to Krunal Pandya's wicket and the all-rounder departed for 15. Steps in the big man- Kieron Pollard but the West Indian couldn't do much as he was caught out in the deep by AB De Villiers. Mumbai looked comfortable at 178/5 after 18.1 overs and with Hardik Pandya along with a well settled Rohit Sharma, MI were ready to push for the maximum in the final overs. 

In a very controversial call, Hardik was given out as Ultra-edge had shown that there was a slight edge but still third umpire gave it not out and Hardik then punished RCB along with the skipper. Back-to-back sixes to Woakes and then Sharma hitting Anderson for a maximum pushed Mumbai to a 200+ score. Rohit Sharma's innings finally came to an end as he hit the ball into the hands of Chris Woakes who was fielding at long on. Rohit hit 94 off 52 deliveries (10x4, 5x6). Hardik then hit a boundary off the last ball and Mumbai Indians finished at 213/6 after 20 overs. Umesh Yadav and Corey Anderson bagged two wickets with Chris Woakes getting one. Washington Sundar was the most expensive bowler conceding 32 in his 2 overs. 



Second Innings

RCB needed 214 to win and with the absence of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum not in the side, RCB captain Virat Kohli stepped in to open the innings along with Quinton de Kock. Kohli and de Kock started the run-chase in style with strong hitting and racing to 40 in 4 overs before Mitchell McClenaghan broke the partnership by knocking de Kock's stumps and the South African had to depart for 19. B de Villiers came in at No.3 but in the same over he hit McClenaghan right down the throat of Hardik Pandya at mid-wicket and RCB were 42/2 after 5 overs.


Mandeep Singh was the next batsman to complement his skipper and chase a big total down. In the 10th over, Krunal Pandya bagged two wickets with Singh getting stumped and Corey Anderson caught in deep for 0. Singh departed for 16 and RCB after 10 overs were at 75/4. 

Krunal Pandya came back for his final over and continued picking wickets with Washington Sundar being caught in deep and departing for 7. RCB were really struggling at 87/5 after 12 overs.  Wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan was hurt in the 13th over as a throw from Hardik Pandya bounced awkwardly right in front of him and the ball hit him on the face. That was a worrying moment during the match with Aditya Tare stepping in for the injured Kishan. 

Mayank Markande was the next one to join in the party by getting Sarfaraz Khan out with Tare stumping him. RCB were really struggling at 104/6 after 14 overs. Markande finished his 4 overs with 1-25. While his teammates were departing one after the other, skipper Virat Kohli managed a 50 in 41 balls. 

 

Jasprit Bumrah got his wicket in the 18th over by nabbing Chris Woakes for 11 with Umesh Yadav following for 1 after being caught by Rohit Sharma to a skied shot in the same over. Kohli kept fighting but it was too late for a comeback. Bumrah bowled the last over and Mumbai Indians sealed their first win by 46 runs. RCB finished at 167/8 with Virat Kohli not out at 92 in 62 deliveries. 

Mumbai Indians next face Rajasthan Royals on Sunday, April 22. 

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