• Mumbai Indians finally end their losing streak with five-wicket win
Superstar cricketer Virat Kohli hit form with his first half of this Indian Premier League season yesterday but failed to inspire Royal Challengers Bangalore who slipped to their third straight defeat.
After a series of low scores, including two golden ducks, Kohli hit 58 from 53 balls to guide Bangalore to 170 for six against Gujarat Titans at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Gujarat were struggling at 95-4 in 12.5 overs when David Miller (39) and Rahul Tewatia (43) put on an unbeaten 79 to propel their home side with three balls and six wickets to spare.
The left-handed batting pair took on the Bangalore bowlers with a boundary flurry and Tewatia, called the ice man by commentators for his finishing abilities, hit the winning six.
Gujarat, one of two new teams to join the world’s most valuable cricket tournament, cemented their position at the top of the 10 team table with eight wins from nine games.
“We started well with the ball but they played very well under pressure because they are in the tournament,” Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis said after the defeat.
Suryakumar helps Mumbai win first
India’s Suryakumar Yadav made it 51 as IPL heavyweights Mumbai Indians finally won their first game in nine attempts this season with a five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals yesterday.
Chasing 159 to win, Mumbai relied on an 81-run third wicket between Suryakumar (51) and Tilak Varma (35) to hit their mark with four balls to spare at DY Patil Stadium.
Suryakumar and Varma were down within three balls and Kieron Pollard was out for 10 in the final as the Royals threatened to snatch victory.
But Singapore batter Tim David hit 20 on nine and Daniel Sams hit the winning six.
Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai, the richest and most successful side in Indian Premier League history with five titles, have bounced back from a record eight defeats but remain bottom of the 10-team table.
In-form Jos Buttler crushed 67 to guide the Royals to 158-6 but the tally was not enough for the side who paid tribute to their first captain and the late Australian hero Shane Warne in the game .
The Royals, who won the inaugural IPL in 2008 under Warne, had “SW23” printed on their players’ collars and the two teams lined up for a minute’s applause at the start of the game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 170/6 (Virat Kohli 58; Pradeep Sangwan 2 for 19) lost to Gujarat Titans 174/4 (Rahul Tewatia 43*; Shahbaz Ahmed 2 for 26) by 6 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
Rajasthan Royals 158/6 (Jos Buttler 67; Riley Meredith 2 for 24) lost to Mumbai Indians 161/5 (Suryakumar Yadav 51; Ravichandran Ashwin 1 for 21) by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)