Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets

Dubai, Apr.19: Mumbai Indians faced their second successive defeats as they were beaten comprehensively by the Royal Challengers Bangalore after they lost their opening match against the KKR.

Mumbai’s problems began at the top as Michael Hussey and Aditya Tare failed to make good after being dropped on 1. Mitchell Starc and Albie Morkel found swing and seam to go with some pace and bounce, and the Mumbai openers were tied down. Rohit Sharma went out cheaply scoring just two runs. Young legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal stuck to his approach, and earned another big wicket of Kieron Pollard in his next over.

Ambati Rayudu and Corey Anderson pushed Mumbai past 100 but they never looked in control as no Royal Challengers bowler provided them any release. Mumbai had a batting collapse from 101 for 4 to 115 for 9 in the last four overs, batsman after batsman slogging and holing out in the deep.

Chasing a target of 116 runs to win, Royal Challengers Bangalore had a scare after Nic Maddinson, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh were sent back to the pavilion.

It was AB de Villiers and Parthiv Patel, the duo’s unbeaten 99 run-partnership which brought up the win in the 18th over. Parthiv Patel bagged the man of the match trophy for scoring a brisk 57. (ANI)