Puno, April 9: Suryakumar Yadav led the revival of the Mumbai Indians after a mid-order wobble as the five-time IPL champions recorded 151/6 in their 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore at MCA Stadium on Saturday.
After Mumbai got off to a fantastic start on the power play, Bangalore battled back to cut them to 79/6. But Yadav posted an undefeated 37-ball 68, chained five fours and six sixes and stitched together a 41-ball 72 with Jaydev Unadkat (13 not eliminated) to give Mumbai’s total respectability.
Mumbai got off to a strong start with Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan sailing through the power play to be 49/0. After being 0/13 through the first three overs when the field had a touch of swing for the pacers, despite Sharma and Kishan taking a cap apiece, the runs began to flow quickly for Mumbai.
Sharma danced down the pitch to blast a long six over from Mohammed Siraj, followed by a full drive through the middle of the wicket in the fourth. Sharma and Kishan then took 13 runs from Wanindu Hasaranga in the fifth over, including three limits.
Sharma bid farewell to the power play by timing a beautiful coverage shot into Akash Deep. But just two balls after the power play ended, Sharma attempted to throw a slower pitch from Harshal Patel and the leading edge flew at the shooter.
Dewald Brevis was concerned that Deep was hitting him with movement and bounce. As he stepped back to counter a googly from Hasaranga, the ball spun to catch him in front of the stumps.
In the 10th, Kishan attempted to pass a short ball from Deep and was caught by a third deep man running to his right. Tilak Varma ran immediately after touching the ball for offside. But Glenn Maxwell fired a strong underarm shot, diving from short cover to catch Varma before he crease.
Hasaranga earned his second wicket when he slid into a googly turning sharply to catch Kieron Pollard plummeted lbw for a golden duck. Pollard requested the review, but was unable to change the decision as the referee’s call showed the ball hit the top of the bails.
Yadav found limits with momentum up and cutoff. But the wickets fell from another end as Ramandeep Singh pushed the slower outside of Patel’s delivery and took a feathered edge behind the keeper for a low catch.
Yadav continued to hit the limits, diving from the inside out for an extra six coverage over Shahbaz Ahmed, followed by a paddle sweep through the fine short leg for four. He took a four from Siraj with a whip through the middle of the wicket and slowly swept Hasaranga for a six over the middle of the deep wicket.
After surviving a lbw appeal from Patel, Yadav and Unadkat each took a limit as they went 13 runs out of 18. Siraj took further beatings from Yadav as the right-hander hit sixes over extra coverage, square leg deep and the third man to take 23 runs from 19. Yadav finished the innings with six long sticks to take Mumbai past 150.
Short scores: Mumbai Indians 151/6 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 68 not out, Rohit Sharma 26; Harshal Patel 2/23, Wanindu Hasaranga 2/28) v Royal Challengers Bangalore.