Rediff – Captain Rohit Sharma struck a brilliant 94 before his bowlers produced a clinical performance as Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 46 runs in their Indian Premier League match in Mumbai on Tuesday.
- Put into bat, Mumbai recovered from a shock start of 0 for 2 to post 213 for 6, their highest score of the season, mainly through the splendid batting of Rohit (94 from 52 balls) and opener Evin Lewis (65 from 42 balls).
- The Mumbai bowlers led by left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya (3/28) then put in a good showing with the ball to restrict RCB to 167 for eight to notch up their first win in their fourth match of the season.
- RCB made an encouraging start in pursuit of the daunting target when Kohli and de Kock put on 40 runs before a twin strike in three balls by left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan (2/24) in the fifth over arrested their progress.
- MI were rallied superbly by skipper Rohit and Lewis who put on 108 runs in 66 balls for the third wicket.
- Lewis set the tone with a pulled six off Chris Woakes and then Rohit followed suit with a spanking drive for four to the first ball from Sundar who was then struck for two more fours to fine leg by Lewis.