IPL 2017 | Rohit Sharma ends Bangalore’s season with patient innings
Rohit Sharma’s 37 ball 56 innings put an end to Bangalore’s IPL campaign as the latter succumbed to a 5 wicket loss to Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede. Pawan Negi’s brilliant all-round performance (35, 2/17) proved to be in vain as MI were able to chase the 163-run target with a ball to spare.
Winning the toss, Virat Kohli made the surprising decision of opting to bat first. After losing three games, embarrassingly, RCB made three changes to the squad by bringing in Shane Watson, Mandeep
AB stabilizes RCB after early dismissals
With Chris Gayle again not making the cut, Mandeep Singh was given the nod to open the innings alongside Virat Kohli and the 25-year-old made a good start by hitting Mitchell McClenaghan for two boundaries in the first over and followed it up with another one off Lasith Malinga. Kohli, who had been playing second fiddle till then, attacked Karn Sharma with a huge six over long on in the fourth over. However, the 29-year-old exacted his revenge by getting the wicket of Mandeep. In the last over of the powerplay, McClenaghan claimed the scalp of Kohli, but the incoming AB de Villiers
Krunal drags Mumbai back into the game
But Pandya Sr. was not to be denied and after the break, he sent both Travis Head and de Villiers back to the dugout in consecutive overs. With Bumrah dismissing Shane Watson in the next over, it looked like it was the same old story for Bangalore as they succumbed to 111/5 off 14 overs. The two new men at the crease, Kedar
Negi’s double puts Bangalore on top
RCB got off to the perfect start with Aniket Choudhary sending Parthiv Patel back to the pavilion on the very first ball of the innings. But, Nitish Rana, who had been struggling for form lately, started off by hitting Choudhary for a boundary off the last ball of the first over. In the next over, he got another couple off Chahal and Buttler went one better in the following one as Mumbai found themselves in the comfortable position of 55/1 at the end of the powerplay. But Pawan Negi, who had a brilliant day with the bat, dismissed the settled duo in consecutive overs to bring Bangalore back into the game. At the midway point, Mumbai required 89 runs off 10 overs to win the game and end RCB’s season early.
Rohit Sharma guides his team to a deserved victory
With Mumbai struggling to put Negi away, the required run rate crept above nine an over which resulted in the Mumbai duo of Sharma and Pollard taking on Milne to add 12 runs to the score. However, the partnership didn’t last long as the impatient Pollard hit a shot straight down the throat of Head off Chahal’s bowling. Mumbai