Apr 192014
 
Bangalore Maintain Winning Start
Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel struck an unbeaten half-century as the Royal Challengers Bangalore won easily

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 116-3 beat
Mumbai Indians 115-9 by seven wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Dubai
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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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Apr 182014
 
A battle of the big-hitters

Match facts

Bangalore v Mumbai, Dubai, April 19, 2014
Start time 1430 (1030 GMT, 1600 IST)

Varun Aaron celebrates Manoj Tiwary's wicket, Bangalore v Delhi, Indian T20 League, Sharjah, April 17, 2014

Varun Aaron has no intention of cutting down on his pace © BCCI
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As two of the most glamorous sides in the Indian T20 league, the focus of the match between Mumbai and Bangalore will invariably be on the middle-order axis in both sides – Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Corey Anderson, and Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

Mumbai, though, have a unique problem on their hands of deciding where they want their big batsmen to bat. Michael Hussey’s innings could be an aberration, but there will be some debate on whether Pollard’s position in the batting order needs to be more flexible, especially in a tall chase. If they do that, it will leave Corey Anderson as a buffer between the batting and the tail. The manner in which the top-order struggled to get the innings moving along after Hussey’s scratchy innings would leave Bangalore’s pacers believing they can choke the side.

There are kinks for Bangalore, too. Ashok Dinda’s T20 league has started from where it ended last year and as impressive as the bowling was in restricting Delhi to a below-par score, their profligacy with wides was a glaring problem. Chris Gayle’s availability is also in doubt.

The match will also be the first of the tournament to be held in Dubai. The last T20 match at the ground saw Sri Lanka smash 211 and Pakistan responded with 187. Given the firepower in both line-ups, even without the prospect of Gayle, the Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer.

Players to watch

One of the things Varun Aaron is certain of is that he is unlikely to cut down on his pace anytime soon to prevent injuries. His statement to that effect came after the match against Delhi where he finished with 1 for 9 and troubled the batsmen with sharp speed. His pace, and more importantly, a more disciplined line, will help Bangalore rein in Mumbai’s flamboyant top-order.

Just when he looked like he was settling at the crease, Rohit Sharma tried to clear the boundary and was out caught in the deep. At the start of the over in which he was out, Mumbai needed 69 off 30 and his presence at the crease would no doubt have helped the chase along. He quickly needs to find his feet in a role not unlike the one Virat Kohli essayed for Bangalore in their first game

Stats and trivia

  • Mumbai have had the better of Bangalore in seven times in 13 encounters.
  • Ambati Rayudu is the leading run-getter for Mumbai against Bangalore. In 11 games he has 298 runs with two fifties. Chris Gayle has 292 runs against Mumbai in six games at an average of 73 and a strike rate of 143.13.

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