Ricky Ponting’s Mumbai Indians finally got on to the board in the ongoing 8th edition of the Indian Premier League as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore yesterday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Batting first, Mumbai posted more than 200 and then defended that score successfully with the wily off spinner Harbhajan Singh leading the way for them.
Bangalore actually approached the chase with an unclear mind. They had more than 10 runs per over to score from the start and it was a no brainer that they had to go hard, but, for some reason, they were happy scoring just a run a ball in the power play and as a result of that, the pressure kept mounting.
However, in spite of that sort of start, Bangalore managed to reach 191 and that suggests how good the wicket was.
If the start had been a little better, the target was gettable.
The culprit for Bangalore again was Chris Gayle. He took too many deliveries upfront and then, got out leaving the other players with an impossible task.
AB De Villiers though, being the inhuman that he is, tried his best batting with a strike rate of more than 400, but, there was always the possibility of him going to mistime a stroke somewhere down the line and it happened.
Mumbai earlier made a very surprising change in the XI. They replaced Corey Anderson with his compatriot Mitchell McLenaghan.
That change was definitely not made on form as Anderson had scored a half century in the previous game.
The team management probably wanted a bit more balance in bowling and thus, McLenaghan got the nod.
It was a little unfair to Anderson, but, with the franchises being allowed to play only 4 overseas players, the captains have to make such decisions at times.