Harbhajan Singh (centre) picked three wickets for 27 runs in his four overs © IANS
Harbhajan Singh (centre) picked three wickets for 27 runs in his four overs © IANS

Mumbai Indians recorded their first victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 by beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 18 runs. It was a game where MI managed to score big and then defended it well by tying Chris Gayle in knots. Nishad Pai Vaidya picks the highlights of the game. ALSO READ: Mumbai Indians gets off the mark

Lendl Simmons’ breezy knock: Lendl Simmons had not been a part of the playing XI since the start of the season as Aaron Finch was in the side. However, his injury paved the way for him to get back. He failed in the first game, but in this match against RCB, Simmons smashed it around and set the tone of the innings with an innings of 59. He has been in form for quite a while and needs to be persisted with. UPDATES: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians

Unmukt Chand finally makes a mark on the IPL: Sent in at No. 3, Unmukt Chand made good use of the opportunity to work his way to a magnificent fifty. The way he dealt with the spinners was particularly eye-catching as he swept across the line fearlessly. Unmukt is known to be one of the most notable young talents in the country and the IPL is a platform for him to showcase that. Read: Kieron Pollard shuts himself up during the chase against RCB in Match 16 of IPL 2015

Rohit Sharma’s late burst and the audacious sweep: Rohit Sharma walked in after Simmons was dismissed and capitalised on that platform. Smashing his way to 42 off 15 balls, Rohit played some good shots along the way and helped MI push towards 200. The most audacious shot he played was a sweep over mid-wicket off a Abu Nechim Ahmed. He checked his shot while playing, but it still sailed over the mid-wicket fielder.

David Wiese’s three wickets in penultimate over: The South African David Wiese had a good IPL debut. He recorded decent figures of four for 33, three of which came in the penultimate over of the MI innings. He dismissed Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma, which certainly helped RCB limit the damage a touch.

Hardik Pandya announces himself to the IPL: Making his IPL debut, Hardik Pandya showed that he has the talent to his big. In the last over, he managed to big sixes through the leg-side which helped MI edge past 200.

Chris Gayle’s laboured stay: Off the second ball of the innings, Chris Gayle smashed one to Lendl Simmons at short extra-cover, who dropped the chance. It was hit hard and MI were disappointed at that. However, it was a blessing in disguise. Gayle was dropped later in the innings as well by Lasith Malinga, but Gayle was simply not able to get going and consumed 24 balls for his 10. He also played out a maiden from Malinga. That was perhaps the most telling innings of the game.

Lasith Malinga’s first spell: Malinga has struggled through the IPL 2015, but he was on song with the ball today. He bowled a maiden over to Gayle and then conceded only four runs in his second over. That set the game up for MI.

Harbhajan Singh’s spell: Harbhajan Singh continues to show that he is a force in the IPL. His spell of three for 27 was crucial to MI’s victory. He foxed Gayle, Manvinder Bisla and Rilee Rossouw to dent RCB’s hopes.

AB de Villiers’ assault: Dinesh Karthik walked out at Chris Gayle’s fall and many wondered why AB de Villiers was not sent out. However, when he came out at 62 for three in the 11th over, he was at it from ball one. Playing with trademark ease, he smashed 41 off 11 balls before holing out to the deep. That gave RCB some hope of victory.

David Wiese’s fight: Wiese continued to fight with the bat and hit 47 off 25 balls at the end. Although RCB slipped to a defeat, they can take heart from Wiese’s contribution. He showed good hitting ability and can be persisted with in the coming games.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)