RCB bowlers restrict MI to 115 in IPL

RCB bowlers restrict MI to 115 in IPL
Mumbai Indians batsmen failed to counter the clinical bowling display by Royal Challengers Bangalore as the defending champions could only manage 115 for 9 in their IPL match here today.

Put into bat, the Mumbai openers started on a decent note but soon lost the plot against the RCB pacers.

South African pacer Albie Morkel drew first blood after scalping Mike Hussey for 16 in the 4th over of the innings.

Mumbai wicketkeeper Aditya Tare also couldn't last long as pacer Varun Aaron induced a top-edge from the batsman which landed in the safe hands of Maddinson in the deep.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal then bowled a magnificent spell to bag two quick wickets, giving away just 17 runs in his quota of 4 overs.

Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma (2) was a prized scalp for the Haryana tweaker and soon the big-hitting Kieron Pollard also fell to his guile.

Ambati Rayudu and Corey Anderson then tried to stem the rot, stitching together a 31-run 5th-wicket partnership, but Mitchell Starc sent the two back in the dug-out in his third over to choke MI.

Rayudu was caught at long off for a fighting 35 as AB de Villiers took his second catch while Anderson followed him soon after to give Starc a hat-trick chance.

The Australian left-arm pacer did not get the hat-trick but ended with impressive figures of 2/21.

Ashok Dinda joined the party when he packed Zaheer Khan back for a duck and Mumbai slipped further.

Harbhajan Singh tried to counter attack with a boundary in his run-a-ball eight-run stay but Aaron soon picked his second wicket.

The Virat Kohli-led RCB are looking to continue their winning momentum after thrashing Delhi Daredevils in their first encounter while MI are still searching for a win after losing the opener against Kolkata Knight Riders.

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