In what was described as an absolute belter of a track by the experts of the official broadcaster, Mumbai managed to post a formidable 187/8 against Bangalore in Match 7 of the Indian T20 League at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on Thursday, despite leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s 4/38. (FOLLOW: Bangalore Vs Mumbai – Match 7)

The fact that none of the Mumbai batsmen managed to go past the 50-run mark, essentially not able to convert their starts dented the Rohit Sharma-led side, but Hardik Pandya‘s 14-ball unbeaten 32-run knock boosted Mumbai. The captain top-scored with 48, while Suryakumar Yadav made 38. In the last five overs, Mumbai conjured 48 runs, losing five wickets.  

After winning the toss, Mumbai were off to a good start with Rohit and Quinton de Kock combining for 54 runs in just 6.3 overs. De Kock was the first to go, cleaned up by Chahal – while attempting a reverse sweep – for 23 off 20 balls.

Yuvraj Singh then turned back the time, hitting Chahal for three consecutive sixes en route to an enterprising cameo of 23 off just 12 balls. However, Chahal had the last laugh when he had Yuvraj caught at long-off by magnificently Mohammed Siraj when the India international attempted to hit a fourth six in the over.

Rohit was in sublime touch hitting eight fours and a massive six off a pull off Navdeep Saini, but was undone by an Umesh Yadav short-pitch delivery that the Mumbai skipper dragged to long-on fielder Siraj and departed for 48 off 33 balls.

Suryakumar, who was run-out in the first game for just two against Delhi, drove Mumbai in the middle overs, but got out at the wrong time skying one towards cover off a tossed up delivery from Chahal in his third over. The Haryana bowler wrapped up a memorable performance with another tossed up delivery to Kieron Pollard (5) – caught at deep extra cover by Shimron Hetmyer.

Mumbai imploded after that losing Krunal Pandya – to another good catch in the deep by Saini – off the bowling of Umesh while Mitchell McClenaghan played one on to hand Siraj his first wicket. Hardik then tonked three sixes in the last two overs push Mumbai’s total.

For Bangalore, Umesh returned 4-0-26-2 while Siraj picked 2/38.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 187/8 (Rohit Sharma 48, Suryakumar Yadav 38; Yuzvendra Chahal 4/38) vs Bangalore