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IPL Match 16: Mumbai finally record their first win of the season

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The Mumbai Indians have finally got their IPL Season up and running, picking up their first win of the campaign at the fifth attempt, beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 18 runs in a high scoring contest in Bengaluru on Sunday night.

The flip of the coin went the way of the hosts, and skipper Virat Kohli slightly surprisingly invited Mumbai to have a bat on what was a glorious batting track.

Lendl Simmons gave Mumbai a good start, making an excellent 59 from 44 balls at the top of the order. His effort was matched shot for shot by young Unmukt Chand, who came in at no.3 and finally showed the IPL why everyone believes he is a future India star.

Chand made 58 from 37 balls, and in Simmons' company built an excellent foundation for the Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma, who has been batting lower down the order for the Indians in recent games, made the most of the opportunity provided to him by his top order to lay siege against the RCB bowlers, smashing 42 from just 15 balls to power Mumbai past the 200 run mark, and finish with 209-7.

David Wiese was the pick of the Bangalore bowlers, taking 4-33 from his 4 overs, including 3 wickets in one over, while Chahal continued his fine run this season, taking another couple of wickets too.

RCB made a complete mess of their start with Chris Gayle shockingly slow in his approach today, making 10 from 24 balls before falling to Harbhajan Singh in the 9th over. Gayle's super slow approach put immense pressure on anyone playing alongside him, and at the half-way stage RCB looked dead and buried at 62-3 with skipper Virat Kohli also back in the dugout with just 18 to his name.

A seemingly annoyed AB de Villiers walked out with RCB in a shambles and smashed 41 from just 11 balls, hitting virtually every ball he faced for either a 4 or a 6 to provide a late burst for the Bangalore side, but the South African didn't get much support from the other end.

Shortly after De Villiers' dismissal, David Wiese came out and smashed another 47 from 25 balls to add some respectability to the scorecard as Bangalore in the end finished short of their target by just 18 runs, having made a late spurt towards the finish line.

Bangalore will look back at this game with plenty of regret, knowing exactly where they lost it, while Mumbai will be relieved to get a first win under their belt, and hopefully can pick up a few more in the coming weeks to give themselves a chance of making it to the knock-out rounds.

Mini Scorecard:

Mumbai Indians 209/7 (20 overs, 10.45rpo)

L Simmons 59 (44) D Wiese 4-33 (4)

U Chand 58 (37) Y Chahal 2-24 (4)

Royal Challengers Bangalore 191/7 (20 overs, 9.55rpo)

D Wiese 47* (25) H Singh 3-27 (4)

AB de Villiers 41 (11) L Malinga 1-35 (4)

Mumbai Indians win by 18 runs