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Mumbai Indians record
its 4th successive win
BANGALORE, India---Mumbai Indians
beat Gujarat Lions by six wickets to re-
cord their fourth successive victory in the
Indian Premier League, and Rising Pune
Supergiant got off the bottom of the ta-
ble with a 27-run win against struggling
Royal Challengers Bangalore yesterday.
Despite losing five wickets for just three
runs during their innings, Supergiant man-
aged to score 161-8 after Royal Challengers'
skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted
Royal Challengers fell short at 134-9, failing
to get the momentum going their way once
both their stars AB de Villiers (29) and Kohli
(28) had departed by the 11th over.
Kohli was twice dropped in Shardul Thakur's
(3-35) first over but eventually holed out at
deep cover. De Villiers was smartly stumped by
Mahendra Singh Dhoni off leg-spinner Imran
Tahir as Ben Stokes also chipped in with 3-18.
Earlier, all the top four Supergiant batsmen
got starts with Rahul Tripathi (31) and Ajinkya
Rahane (30) providing an opening stand of
63. Dhoni (28) and captain Steve Smith (27)
then added 58 runs before Supergiant lost a
flurry of wickets.
Shane Watson, replacing Chris Gayle in
the playing XI, ignited the collapse when he
clean bowled Dhoni in the 16th over. Left-arm
medium fast Sreenath Aravind then dismissed
Smith and Dan Christian in the next over
before New Zealand's Adam Milne got rid of
Stokes and Thakur off successive deliveries,
as Supergiant collapsed from 127-2 to 130-7.
It was left to Manoj Tiwary to hit a brisk 27
off 11 deliveries that included three fours and
a six off Watson in the 19th over. That lifted
Supergiant to a total that could be defended.
Royal Challengers are last with only one win
after five matches while Supergiant has two
victories from as many games.
Earlier, Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai lived
up to its reputation of heavily favoring teams
opting to field first after winning the toss.
Lions' Brendon McCullum, who hit 64 off
44 balls, believed his team's total of 176-4
was 15 runs above par against Mumbai. But
the home team rode to a six-wicket victory
and reached 177-4 with three balls to spare.
Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma intelligently
used his spinners Harbhajan Singh (1-22) and
Krunal Pandya (0-18) on a slow wicket before
Dinesh Karthik blazed a quick-fire 48 off 26
balls to give Lions a reasonable total.
Mumbai stuttered early in their run-chase
when Praveen Kumar had Parthiv Patel caught
for a duck in the first over by Jason Roy at
But Roy missed a sitter which should have
got rid of Nitish Rana for 9 in the next over.
Rana went on to become the leading scorer
in the tournament, hitting 53 off 36 balls and
cashed in on the dropped catch by putting on
85 runs with Jos Buttler (26).
Despite losing both Rana and Buttler in the
space of seven runs, Sharma (40 not out) and
Kieron Pollard (39) took over with a 68-run
stand off 42 balls.
Like Royal Challengers, Gujarat Lions also
have just one win but have played one match
Today, Delhi Daredevils take on Kolkata
Knight Riders while defending champions
Sunrisers Hyderabad host Kings XI Punjab.
Maxwell powers T&T U-18 boys to bronze
Joshua Maxwell won both
his matches as T&T avenged a
round-robin loss to host Guy-
ana with a 3-1 triumph in their
bronze medal playoff in the Boys
Under-18 Team competition at
the Caribbean Pre-Cadet, Cadet
and Junior Table Tennis Champi-
onship in Georgetown, Guyana,
Beaten 3-2 by Guyana 'A'in their
Group Three encounter
at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall,
Georgetown, Guyana on Friday,
Maxwell and his compatriots were
eager to exact revenge and he made
the perfect start by beating Elishaba
Johnson 11-7, 15-13, 12-10 for a 1-0
lead in the best-of-five match series.
However Kyle Edghill, who got
the decisive win for the Guyanese
in the round-robin over T&T's Luc
O'Young, drew his team level, this
time beating Benoni Daniel, 11-5,
But O'Young had the last laugh as
he restored T&T's lead at 2-1 when
he outplayed Nikolus Romain 11-2,
11-1, 10-12, 11-8 before Maxwell bat-
tled past Edghill 6-11, 12-10, 4-11,
11-6, 11-9 to seal his team's bronze
On Saturday afternoon when the
main draw knockout quarterfinals
served off, T&T which ended second
to the Guyanese in pool play with a
1-1 record after beating Jamaica 3-2
swept past St Lucia 3-0.
This after Daniel rallied past An-
drew Daniels, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-
9, 11-4; Maxwell humbled Mario St
Cyr 13-11, 11-9, 11-6 and O'Young
crushed Sunil Chitolie 11-3, 11-3,
But in the semifinals, the T&T
trio of Maxwell, Jesse Dookie and
O'Young were brushed aside by Bar-
bados, 0-0 as the latter set up a finals
meeting with Dominican Republic.
Maxwell went under to Marcus
Smith, 5-11, 11-13, 7-11; Dookie
bowed to Tyrese Knight 7-11, 2-11,
7-11, and O'Young fell to Roman
Jackman 7-11, 11-2, 7-11, 9-11
Dominican Republic won the boys
title it ended in a three-way tie last
year in Martinique with Guyana and
T&T for top honourss.
The local Under-18 Girls duo of
Shreya Maharaj and Shurja Welch
teamed up with Guyana's Tirishatha
Semple for fifth spot thanks to a 3-2
defeat of St Lucia.
Losers of their both pool match-
es to Guyana (1-3) and Jamaica (0-
3), the T&T/Guyana combination
avoided the cellar-spot with Maharaj
leading the way with two wins, 11-
6, 11-7, 11-5 over Zarianne Anthony
and 11-2,11-7, 11-4 against Cherese
Welch got the third and decisive
win, 14-12, 3-11, 11-4, 11-4 over
Anthony after she was upstaged by
Darcheville 8-11, 11-13, 14-16
Mia George had St Lucia's other
win, 11-4, 11-7, 11-3 over Semple.
The T&T Boys Under-15 team of
Derron Douglas, Messiah Walcott,
Uzair Omardeen failed to advance
to the main draw knockout stage
after stunning defeats at the hands
of Guyana 'B' and Aruba.
The Mixed Doubles Under-15
competition also served off yester-
day with the T&T teams of Walcott
and Welch, and Douglas and Maharaj,
both losing in the quarterfinals.
Walcott and Welch ousted St Lu-
cians, Zarianne Anthony and Ishmel
Moise 11-6, 11-6, 16-14 but was then
stopped by Dominican Republic's
Ronaldo Tejada and Dahyana Rojas
9-11, 8-11, 7-11 with a semifinal spot
at stake while Douglas and Maharaj
overcame Jaaicans Derrick Francis
and Fiona Li 11-7, 11-5, 12-10 before
losing to another Dominican Repub-
lic pairing, Andres Lora and Estefany
Rodrigues 9-11, 7-11, 7-11.
T&T quartet from left, Benoni Daniel, Joshua Maxwell, Luc O'Young and Jesse Dookie, fourth from left, prior to their
3-1 win over host Guyana in their bronze medal playoff in the Boys Under-18 Team competition. The other four
players are members of the Guyana National team.
Rising Pune Supergiants bowler Shardul Thakur celebrates the dismissal of Royal
Challengers Bangalore batsman Stuart Binny during their Indian Premier League (IPL)
cricket match in Bangalore, India, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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