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Young Sanju Samson continued to impress in the Indian Premier League, but the young wicketkeeper batsman's fine innings of 76 from 46 balls went in vain as the Mumbai Indians squeezed out an 8 runs victory over the Rajasthan Royals at the Wankede Stadium on Friday night.

The Royals won the toss and made the poor decision to field. The move backfired and then some as each member of Mumbai's top six got into double figures with everyone with the exception of Unmukt Chand scoring at a strike rate in excess of 120. The stellar innings came right at the fag end of the innings as the recalled Ambati Rayudu made a classy unbeaten 53 from 27 balls. Parthiv Patel provided the early push, making 23 from 14 balls, while Kieron Pollard coming in lower down the order went one better, making 24. Lendl Simmons anchored the innings at the top of the order, making 38 as Mumbai piled on an impressive 187-5 in their 20 overs.

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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

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The Mumbai Indians succumbed to their fourth straight defeat of IPL Season 8, getting hammered by 6 wickets by the Chennai Super Kings, who romped home with 20 balls to spare.

To compound matters for the Mumbai Indians, this time they actually posted a pretty decent score on the board, batting first in front of a buoyant home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium and recovering from a horror start of 12-3 to post a very respectable 183-7 on the board.

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The Rajasthan Royals reaffirmed their status as one of the teams to beat this season, picking up their straight win of the campaign by beating the Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in Ahmedabad. The defeat was also particularly disappointing for the Indians, who have now lost three straight matches to kick-off season 8 of the IPL, and are already looking like they will struggle to make the play-offs this season.

The Mumbai Indians won the toss on a belter of a wicket at Ahmedabad, but quickly lost their way, stuttering to 45-3 at the midway stage of their innings. Corey Anderson (50* from 38 balls) and Kieran Pollard (70 from 34 balls) resurrected the innings by mixing aggression with caution early in their innings before Pollard exploded towards the back end, with Mumbai virtually doubling their score in the last 5 overs, scoring 81 of the 164 runs they finished with.

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An increasingly desperate Mumbai Indians side take on the in-form Rajasthan Royals in what has the increasing look of a must win game for the visitors in Ahmedabad.

The Indians won the toss and decided to make first use of the pitch. They have also made three changes to their side for this game, one of which is enforced by injury. A sore neck for the previous game's hero Harbhajan Singh has ruled him out of this contest, and the veteran offie has been replaced by leggie Shreyas Gopal. Alos coming in for their first game of IPL Season 8 are Unmukt Chand and Parthiv Patel with Ambati Rayudu and Aditya Tare making way.

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The Kings XI Punjab dominated 34 overs of their contest with the Mumbai Indians, and looked set to win their match in a canter before a late burst from Harbhajan Singh saw the 'Turbanator' smash 6 sixes and 5 fours to score 64 runs from just 24 balls and record the fastest 50 ever in Mumbai Indians history.

Bhajji though fell on the penultimate ball of the match as Kings XI hung on nervously to record an 18 run victory against a Mumbai Indians side who just refused to know when they were beaten.

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The Mumbai Indians play host to the Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium with both sides in desperate need for a win.

The flip of the coin went the way of the home side with Rohit Sharma sending Kings XI Punjab in to bat. Mumbai have made some interesting selections with Jagadeesha Suchith and Pawan Suyal coming in for Pragyan Ojha and Bumrah.

Punjab meanwhile made one change to their side with Rishi Dhawan coming in for Karanveer Singh.

Teams:

Mumbai Indians: R Sharma (c), A Finch, A Tare (wk), A Rayudu, C Anderson, K Pollard, H Singh, L Malinga, V Kumar, P Suyal, J Suchith

Kings XI Punjab: V Sehwag, M Vijay, W Saha (wk), G Maxwell, A Patel, D Miller, G Bailey (c), M Johnson, R Dhawan, A Singh, S Sharma

 

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