Suryakumar’s fifty lifts MI to 151/6

Pune, April 9 : Suryakumar Yadav’s unbeaten 68 off 37 balls lifted Mumbai Indians (MI) to 151/6 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League match at the MCA Stadium on Saturday. At one point MI were staggering at 79/6 after 13.2 overs but Suryakumar veered his team’s innings with six sixes and five boundaries to give MI bowlers something to fight for. Earlier in the day, MI got off to a decent start after being put into bat first, with openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan racing to 49 runs at the end of Powerplay. However, MI’s outing turned into a nightmare with the dismissal of skipper Rohit. Wanindu Hasaranga and Harshal Patel shared four wickets, while Akash Deep took a scalp to cause panic in MI’s dugout. Harshal got the big breakthrough just when MI were running away. The pacer deceived Rohit with a slower off-cutter and caught him for 26. Rohit’s 15-ball stay was studded with four boundaries and one maximum. In a surprise move, MI sent in Dewald Brevis ahead of Suryakumar Yadav. The plan backfired the team as leg-spinner Hasaranga trapped Brevis (8) lbw. The 10th over took RCB on cloud nine as it turned out to be a double-wicket maiden over. Kishan (26) played an upper-cut against fast bowler Akash but Mohammed Siraj caught him at third man. Two balls later, Tilak Varma got off to a suicidal single and a direct hit by Glenn Maxwell forced Verma to return to dugout without scoring. Adding to MI’s miseries, Hasaranga trapped big-hitter Kieron Pollard lbw for a golden duck. And in just 31 balls, MI lost five wickets.

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