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IPL Season 9: Mumbai Indians ease past Royal Challengers Bangalore to keep play-off hopes alive

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The Mumbai Indians reignited their hopes of making the play-offs for the 2016 edition of the Indian Premier League by picking up a much needed 6 wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Having put the Royal Challengers in to bat, the Mumbai Indians did terrifically to restrict their hosts to just 151 runs in their 20 overs, despite picking up just the 4 wickets. Those 4 wickets were big ones though as RCB slid early to 17-2 after the all New Zealand new ball pair of Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan got rid off Chris Gayle (5) and Virat Kohli (7), respectively.

AB de Villiers was forced to consolidate, and was dismissed by the excellent Krunal Pandya for 24 off 27 balls as the Royal Challengers Bangalore slid to 60-3 at the halfway stage of their innings.

De Villiers' replacement Shane Watson contributed 15 before he was run out by a direct hit from Rohit Sharma, whose only error in the field was to award an over to Kieron Pollard in which KL Rahul and Sachin Baby combined to net 23 runs. That over enabled RCB to post a toal marginally in excess of 150 with Rahul finishing unbeaten on 68 off 53 balls, despite having been bumped down the order to make way for Gayle, while Baby contributed a handy 25 off 13 balls after the big guns in the RCB line-up had all misfired today.

RCB's total though was easily 20-25 runs shy of what would have been a competitive score. The hosts defended it manfully though with S Aravind dismissing Parthiv Patel for 1 with his first delivery.

Rohit Sharma (25) and Ambati Rayudu (44) laid a foundation for Mumbai, but neither batsman really set the pulse racing as Mumbai stuttered to 98-4 at the start of the 16th over by when Varun Aaron had removed both batsmen.

The game though changed radically over the next three overs or so as Kieron Pollard (35* off 19 balls) and Jos Buttler (29* off 11 balls) stepped on the afterburners and took Mumbai to victory with 9 balls to spare.

It was an emphatic win in the end for the Mumbai Indians who move up to 4th place with 12 points from 11 games, behind the Kolkata Knight Riders on net run rate, albeit having played a game more. The Royal Challengers Bangalore meanwhile have just 8 points from 10 games, and realistically would need to win each of their remaining 4 games to stand a chance of making the play-offs from here on out, an unlikely scenario considering they have won just 4 games all season.

Teams:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (wk), AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Chris Jordan, S Aravind, Varun Aaron, Yuzvendra Chahal

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Nitish Rana, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah

Mini Scorecard:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 151/4 (20 overs, 7.55rpo)

KL Rahul 68* (53) K Pandya 1-15 (4)

S Baby 25* (13) T Southee 1-27 (4)

Mumbai Indians 153/4 (18.4 overs, 8.19rpo)

A Rayudu 44 (47) V Aaron 2-37 (3.4)

K Pollard 35* (19) Y Chahal 1-16 (4)

Mumbai Indians won by 6 wickets