Mumbai in Top Four RCB Fall Again Stokes Ton Topples Lions
The Mumbai Indians grabbed a spot in the four-team playoffs with a five-wicket victory over the hapless Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 38th match of the 2017 Indian Premier League season at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
RCB won the toss and batted Mandeep Singh was the first to go for 17 in the 4th over with the score on 31, Two overs later skipper Virat Kohli on drove a slower ball from Mitch McClenaghan straight to Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma departing for 20.
Tim Head and AB de Villiers enjoyed a 45 run partnership then in the eleventh over, Head was caught by Hardik Pandya as he attempted to pull a short ball from his brother
Just when the normally sensational de Villiers was starting to find his groove on 43 from 27 balls with three sixes and an equal number of fours he top-edged a sweep off Krunal and was taken by Jasprit Bumrah. The next significant partnership was between Pawan Negi and Kedar Jadhav they added 54. Negi hit three sixes and one four in a 23 ball 35 and Jadhav hit two fours in a 22 ball 28 to lift RCB to 162/8.
The in form Parthiv Patel got a golden duck as he tried to pull the first ball of the run chase from Aniket Choudhary and was caught by Yuzvendra Chahal. Jos Butler smashed four boundaries and one six and with Nitish Rana added 61 then, in the eight over Negi deceived him with the flight giving the catch to head at extra cover. Rana followed him two overs later after hitting four fours in 28
Rohit Sharma was splendid as usual anchoring the innings with an aggressive and unbeaten 37 ball 56 decorated with six glorious boundaries and a solitary six as the home team climbed into the playoffs with one ball to spare.
RCB lost again but at least they were much more competitive in this contest than the previous two.
Ben Stokes hammered an unbeaten century to the lift Rising Pune Supergiants to a thrilling five wicket win with one ball to spare over the Gujarat Lions in the 39th match of the 2017 Indian Premier League season at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Pune was in deep trouble losing Ajinkya Rahane Rahul Tripathi Steve Smith and Manoj Tiwary for only 42 runs as they chased 162 set by the Lions.
The English all-rounder found an able and willing partner in MS Dhoni and they enjoyed a 76 run partnership in eleven overs before young Basil Thampi got Dhoni as he failed to clear long off and was caught by Brendon McCullum for 26.
Stokes was sensational blasting seven boundaries and clearing the ropes six times achieving his maiden IPL ton in 61 balls.
Even with Stokes on fire, The Supergiants were so deep in the hole victory was still not a sure thing but David Christian removed all doubt slamming a four and one six in an unbeaten eight ball 17.
The Lions batted first after being inserted and were given a rollicking start by Ishan Kishan and McCullum with an opening stand of 55 in six overs before Kishan was caught by seventeen-year-old Washington Sundar when Imran Tahir pushed a leg break wider than anticipated. The dependable skipper Suresh Raina was brilliantly run out by an excellent throw by Rahane as he tried to turn a single into two. Tahir rocked Gujarat having Aaron Finch caught and bowled and dismantling Dwayne Smith stumps with consecutive deliveries.
No more significant partnerships were built Dinesh Karthik hit three fours in a 26 ball 29 as wickets kept falling around him. Tahir grabbed 3/27 and Jaydev Unadkat 3/29 helping to dismiss Gujarat for 161.
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