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MI’s Rohit returns to form at Wankhede to brush off RCB

In match 27 of Pepsi IPL 2014 MI beat the RCB by 19 runs in a closely contested game at the Wankhede Stadium. Rohit Sharma turned on his charm to make true the belief that home turfs do create a magic, rubbing the players the right way. MI continued their winning track by defeating RCB in a must watch encounter that was fought out in the middle providing some anxious moments holding spectators on the edge of the seat. Making a perfect target of 187 for 5 as backdrop MI began the job of slowly choking the RCB batting line up that ultimately crumbled to pressure yet again emanating from a stiff target.

MI’s 187 included vital contributions from Rohit Sharma of an unbeaten 59 off 35 and Kieron Pollard with 43 off 31 balls. RCB could manage to reach only up to 168 for eight, with Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga claiming two wickets each while Suyal got one. RCB upon winning the toss asked MI to bat. MI reshuffling their top order sent CM Gautam and Ben Dunk as openers which clicked as they started off very fluently. Then Dunk got out off the bowling of Harshal Patel on 15 while Rayudu was bowled by Dinda in the eighth over. And shortly thereafter, Varun Aaron had Gautam caught behind on 30. With MI on 77 for three it was in desperate need for someone to play out a long innings. But that was not to be as the tide turned in RCB’s favor as Yuzvendra Chahal further dug deeper by removing Corey Anderson on six.

At last for MI Kieron Pollard and skipper Rohit Sharma settled down, accelerating as the innings progressed taking MI to the three-figure mark in the 13th over. Though Mitchell Starc and Pollard had an ugly spat on the pitch with Pollard throwing his bat, MI cruised getting 24 runs from the penultimate over. The 20th over saw big man Pollard losing his wicket to an unfortunate run out by none other than the RCB bowler Strac who was bowling the over. Rohit Sharma, however, ended the innings with a stunning boundary as MI ended up at 187 for five. RCB were on a rampage from the word go as the diminutive Patel exhibited some spectacular shots and Gayle did what he does best, clobber the ball to every corner of the ground. The second over by Pawan Suyal yielded 28 runs for RCB.

The party did not last as Harbhajan Singh bowled Parthiv Patel for 26 and Gayle on 38. AB de Villiers left for 9, Virat Kohli for 35 and the MI bowlers tightened the screws on the RCB batsmen snatching the momentum back for them. While Yuvraj Singh and Rilee Rossouw took their place in the middle for RCB they required a very steep 12 runs from the remaining five overs. Pollard had hit the stumps with his foot to find Yuvraj Singh batting on 6 short of his crease to be declared run out. Laisth Malinga came back to clean up Starc on 5 reducing RCB to 139 for six in 16.4 overs. The story was all but over but RCB finally wound up on 168 for 8 after having batted for 20 overs.

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