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The Mumbai Indians have pulled off an important win over the Royal Challengers of Bangalore. The victory moves them into second place in the Indian Premier League. The Royal Challengers appeared to have stolen momentum with a late surge led by Mayank Argawal.

It looked like that momentum had carried over extremely successfully as Bangalore reduced Mumbai to 44-4 after 7.5 overs. There were wickets for Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Harshal Patel and Muttiah Muralitharan and major danger men in Sachin Tendulkar, Herschelle Gibbs and Rohit Sharma removed early on. However, the young Indian players in this Indians line-up have consistently been a positive source for this team and even a life saver at times.

Ambati Rayudu isn’t necessarily mentioned in the same breath of a lot of his batting partners, but he has really enjoyed an excellent competition and once again came to Mumbai’s rescue in this game. He simply smashed 81 not out off of 54 balls. The innings included six fours and four sixes and was really an incredible display of batting prowess. He was more than ably assisted by West Indian Kieron Pollard. Pollard looks so much more comfortable a little further down the order and when he and Rayudu were united, there was a distinct feeling that Bangalore would need another wicket. They would not get that wicket though as Pollard struck his second fifty of the competition scoring 52 not out off of 32 balls. His knock included five fours and three sixes.

Once again this result brings up issues about Bangalore’s bowling attack. There are no concerns about their batting order, which is genuinely very strong,. However, the bowling attack is a serious worry and has been all too often exposed by the better batting orders.

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both good teams. But one team made early exit while others were thrashed by chennai


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