IPL 2018: Rohit’s 94 helps Mumbai secure maiden win, Kohli’s 92 in vain

This is the maiden win for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018 after three losses. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captain Virat Kohli is the only man who looked to score runs for RCB.

Rohit Sharma in action against RCB. Photo: PTI

Mumbai Indians managed to secure their first win of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) as they moved up to the 6th spot in Vivo IPL Points table. They defeated Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB) by 46 runs. Chasing a mammoth target of 214, Virat Kohli’s heroics could not save the day for RCB as no other batsman came to his aide. Krunal Pandya scalped three wickets for Mumbai Indians. Earlier Rohit Sharma scored 94 runs to help MI post a total of 213. This is the maiden win for MI in IPL 2018 after three losses.

Earlier, after being reduced to 0-2 in the first over, Mumbai Indians had a remarkable recovery. Lewis and Rohit Sharma first built the innings and then lead the onslaught to take the team’s score to 213-6 in 20 overs. Royal Challengers Banglore bowlers failed to capitalise on the launch pad provided by Umesh Yadav.

MI captain Rohit Sharma made 94 and missed a well deserved century. Evin Lewis made 65 runs.

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Royal Challengers Banglore innings update: Over by over

Over 1: Virat Kohli and Quinton De Kock will open for Royal Challengers Banglore. Jasprit Bhumra will start off for MI. Dot ball. Pushed to third man for a single, first runs on the board. Onto the pads of De Kock, missing leg. Wide ball. One run to De Kock, given as leg-by. Kohli defends. Straight drive for four. Kohli sending a message. RCB 7-0

Over 2: De Kock sweeps Krunal Pandya for four. Easy single. Kohli flicks off his pads, four runs. Dot. Punched by Kohli through covers for four. Dot ball. MI 20-0

Over 3: Mitchell McClenaghan into the attack. Easy single for De Kock. Gone through Kohli. Huge appeal. Turned down. Bouncer pulled for one. De Kock swings and misses. Driven but just for one. Classic Kohli with a classic cover drive for four. MI 27-0

Over 4: Mustafizur Rahman is into the attack. Kock hits him for four. Easy single for De Kock. Kohli defends. Quick single to Kohli. Rahman to De Kock, flat six, sheer power, Amazing! Good single to end the over. RCB 40-0

Over 5: Mitchell McClenaghan to continue, De Kock steps out and misses. clean bowled. A B de Villiers is on the crease with Kohli. Quick single to ABD. Kohli takes another single. McClenaghan strikes again, ABD caught in the deep for 1. RCB in trouble. Mandeep Singh comes in. Easy single. End of over. RCB 44-2

Over 6: Rahman continues, Lucky four for Kohli. Driven for single by Kohli. Beautiful shot by Mandeep, four runs. Ripper by Rahman. Flicked off the pads for single. That was in the air for a while. Same shot by Kohli. RCB 55-2

Over 7: Mayank Markande is into the attack. Single to Kohli and Mandeep. Decent over. Just four of it. RCB: 59-2

Over 8: Krunal Pandya comes to the attack. Chance of a run out. Not out. One run. Played fine by Kohli for one. Mandeep steps out, couldn’t connect, just the one. Very good running. RCB 65-2

Over 9: Markande to continue. No run. Again a dot. Just the one. Pressure mounting on RCB. Mandeep steps out, misses the wide one, stumping missed. Powerful shot for one. Lofted shot for one. RCB 70-2

Over 10: Krunal continues, double. Single followed by Single. Mandeep falls into the trap this time, steps out to a wide ball, misses and gets stumped. Mandeep out for 16. Corey Anderson come in, plays a lofted shot on the first ball and is out, gone for 0. RCB 76-4.

Over 11: Washinton Sundar comes in. Hits a four. RCB 84-4

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Over 12: Krunal Pandya continues. Double to Sundar. Hits high in the air, Krunal is out for 7. Sarfaraz Khan is the new man in. Full toss to Kohli, one run. Sarfaraz had no clue about that spinning beauty. RCB 87-5

Over 13: Bhumra is back, single taken. Hardik throws, ball awkwardly bounces off from the pitch and hits Ishan Kishan’s face. He has a lump below his right eye, he looks in deep pain. He walked off the field. That was a nasty blow to his face. Aditya Tare will keep the wickets. Punched towards point for four. RCB 94-5

Over 14: Markande is back, Kohli hits a six! Quick double. Single to Kohli. Sarfaraz steps out, misses and stumped. Chris Woakes is in.

Over 15: Hardik Pandya is into the attack. Bouncer to Woakes. Single to Kohli, 50 for him. High full toss, Kohli takes a single, asking for a no ball. Woakes wanted a single, Kohli sends him back. RCB: 108-6 | Readmore…

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IPL 2018: Why Gambhir failed to turn things around for Delhi Daredevils

Kings XI Punjab’s K L Rahul scored the fastest IPL fifty in his team’s match against Delhi Daredevils to take the game away from Delhi’s reach. Here’s why things are not working for Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils (DD) captain Gautam Gambhir  plays a shot against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) during an IPL match 2018 at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Photo: PTI

Two Indian Premier League (IPL) teams with two striking similarities — empty trophy cabinet, and new captains — were hoping for a good start to IPL 2018. Only one of them managed to achieve it. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) faced Delhi Daredevils (DD) at their home turf in Mohali. Former captain of Kolkata Knight Riders Gautam Gambhir was taken by DD this year in IPL 2018 auctions. KXIP, too, had a new captain in Ravichandran Ashwin.

KXIP won the toss and invited Delhi Daredevils to bat, and thus began a series of mistakes and errors for DD. Hopes were pinned on the newly appointed captain Gautam Gambhir. And he did not disappoint personally — he struck a half-century. But he did not get the required support from other batsmen. Opener Colin Munro, dismissed cheaply for 4, became the first wicket for the youngest debutant Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

As Gambhir tried to reconstruct the innings, Shreyas Iyer played a couple of extravagant shots and, oozing overconfidence, lofted one high in the air only to be caught easily and sent back to the dug-out. The fate of Vijay Shankar was no different. He came, he scored 13 from 13, and in desperation to accelerate, threw his wicket away. Once again, Gambhir had to switch from the hitting mode to rebuilding. | Today’s Paper

Punjab’s bowling was not as menacing as one would have thought. Indeed it was the poor shot selection of DD batsmen, and their lack of character, that made the scorecard look so modest. A few cameos did not prove very helpful, either. Rishab Pant went hammers and tongs to score a quickfire 28. But when he needed to show some maturity, he failed and threw his wicket away.

Gambhir did all he could, but eventually gave in to the pressure of increasing the run rate and was dismissed for a decent 55 off 42 balls. What really hurt the innings was the inexperience of his teammates. His own dismissal was not ordinary; he got run out and the players that followed him could not do much. Chris Morris made a quick 27 to take the team to a respectable-but-still-difficult-to-defend total of 166-7.

One would think chasing 167 would be easy, but the first match of this IPL season — between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians — proved otherwise with a similar scorecard. Frankly, that was the expectation from the bowlers of Delhi — to at least put up a flight and turn this one into a close encounter.

But, alas, DD bowlers were destined to take the field only to be smashed! It was opener K L Rahul’s date with destiny. From ball one, he made his intentions clear. He smashed, he hammered, and he ripped apart Delhi’s bowling. The bowlers had no answer whatsoever to his tactics. If you earlier thought DD’s batsmen were the champions of displaying immaturity on the field, now you had Delhi’s bowlers proving they were not far behind.

Rahul hit towering sixes and ferocious boundaries all over. So much so that he went on to score the fastest ever IPL half-century, taking only 14 balls to achieve the feat, with 6 fours and four sixes.

Star bowlers of Delhi — Trent Boult, Mohd Shami, and Amit Mishra — were hammered. The worst part was that these players had more experience than Rahul and yet they could do nothing to contain him, or Karun Nair, who too scored a fifty. Disappointing line and length, no variation, and lack of creativity were some of the reason for abysmal bowling. And, eventually, Delhi lost by six wickets.

If you could not fault the batsman Gambhir, the same could not be said about the captain Gambhir. Overall, the captaincy was sub-par, but then there was not much he could do to save his team from a shameful defeat. Yes, it was Rahul’s day. Such performances happen once in a long time (like ABD’s 31-ball century against West Indies in an ODI), but not being able to control the flow of runs is something Delhi needs to ponder about.

Delhi gifted this one to Punjab on a platter by failing to score runs and then not even trying to defend the total. This is what you a call a team’s collective failure. Batsmen do not put up a good score. The captain fails to bring in his experience to improvise and contain the other side. The bowlers do not even try. The game never belonged to Delhi. It had Punjab written all over it.

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IPL 2018 match schedule: Mumbai and Chennai to play opening game on April 7

A total of 60 matches will be played at nine venues across 51 days from April 7 to May 27

IPL 2018

The eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League will begin on 7 April at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The season opener will be played between defending champions Mumbai Indians and comeback team Chennai Super Kings. Apart from the hosting opening game and the final of the IPL 2018, Mumbai host the first qualifier. Chennai Super Kings will also play the last league match on May 20 against Kings XI Punjab.

A total of 60 matches will be played at nine venues across 51 days from April 7 to May 27. The two qualifiers and the eliminator will be played between May 22 and May 25. In this year’s IPL, all the double header- 12 in total – will be played over weekend. Out of 60 matches, 12 will be played in afternoon 48 will be played in the evening. The afternoon games will start from 4:00 pm and evening games will start from 8:00 pm. Earlier in January, the IPL governing council had approved the proposal that evening matches would begin at 7pm and afternoon matches would begin at 5:30 pm. But after IPL franchises’s demand IPL council decided to stick to the original match timings.

In the addition to home bases of the eight franchises, Indore will be the ninth venue in the IPL 2018. Kings XI Punjab will host three of their home games in Indore and the remaining four matches in Mohali.

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