Harbhajan gets Mumbai off the mark

Indian Premier League

Spin bowler Harbhajan Singh's Man of the Match performance steered the Mumbai Indians to a solid 19-run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sunday's high-scoring Indian Premier League match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Entertaining half-centuries from West Indian recruit Lendl Simmons and the homegrown Unmukt pushed Mumbai to a formidable total of 209 for seven, which ultimately proved ample.

Bangalore, despite South African all-rounder David Wiese's quickfire 47 not out and AB de Villiers' brisk 41, reached an inadequate 191 for seven in reply. Proteas team-mate Rilee Rossouw, meanwhile, perished for a duck.

Harbhajan exploited conditions well, after fast bowler Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan proved expensive. The veteran slow bowler completed figures of three for 27 in four telling overs.

The victory was Mumbai's first of 2015 – and pushed the Royal Challengers to the bottom of the nine-team standings. Monday will see the Kolkata Knight Riders, firm favourites in Paddy Power's odds, meet the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

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