Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs at Wankhede Stadium to record a second straight victory in the 2014 Indian Premier League.
After losing their first five on the bounce, Mumbai have now climbed to sixth in the table after back-to-back wins against Kings XI Punjab and the Challengers.
Bangalore are now just two points ahead of them, having won three and lost four of their seven matches so far.
Bangalore won the toss and elected to field in Mumbai.
They claimed the early wicket of Ben Dunk and looked to be in a strong position with the Indians at 84-4 after 9.4 overs.
What followed was a partnership of 97 between Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard that drove Mumbai to a final total of 187-5. Sharma finished unbeaten on 59 (from just 35 balls), while Pollard was dismissed in the final over for 43.
|Mumbai Indians, 187-5 (20 overs)|
|Ben Dunk||c Yuvraj Singh b Harshal Patel||15||14||107.14||2||0|
|CM Gautam||c Parthiv Patel b Varun Aaron||30||28||107.14||2||3|
|Ambati Rayudu||b Ashok Dinda||9||9||100.00||1||0|
|Rohit Sharma||NOT OUT||59||35||168.57||3||4|
|Corey Anderson||c Virat Kohli b Yuzvendra Chahal||6||4||150.00||0||1|
|Kieron Pollard||run out (Parthiv Patel/Mitchell Starc)||43||31||138.70||6||0|
|Aditya Tare||NOT OUT||0||0||0.00||0||0|
|EXTRAS||(nb 1, w 12, b 4, lb 8)||25|
Before Pollard went, he was involved in this feisty exchange with Mitchell Starc.
Bangalore's reply began promisingly, with Parthiv Patel and Chris Gayle putting on 51 for the first wicket. Virat Kohli also made a strong contribution, but none of the three could turn their good starts into match-winning innings.
Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets at an economy rate of 5.5 for the Indians, who struck at key times during the Bangalore innings to deny them the momentum they required for victory.
|Royal Challengers Bangalore, 168-8 (20 overs)|
|Chris Gayle||b Harbhajan Singh||38||24||158.33||3||3|
|Parthiv Patel||b Harbhajan Singh||26||19||136.84||5||0|
|Virat Kohli||c Corey Anderson b Pawan Suyal||35||28||125.00||2||2|
|AB de Villiers||b Jasprit Bumrah||9||7||128.57||2||0|
|Yuvraj Singh||run out (Kieron Pollard)||6||10||60.00||0||0|
|Rilee Rossouw||c Rohit Sharma b Lasith Malinga||24||14||171.42||1||2|
|Mitchell Starc||c Kieron Pollard b Lasith Malinga||5||4||125.00||1||0|
|Harshal Patel||b Jasprit Bumrah||6||2||300.00||0||1|
|Varun Aaron||NOT OUT||7||8||87.50||1||0|
|Ashok Dinda||NOT OUT||2||4||50.00||0||0|
|EXTRAS||(w 4, lb 6)||10|
Ultimately, the Challengers fell 19 runs short.
Up next, Mumbai face Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, while the Challengers will play Kings XI Punjab on Friday.
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