MUMBAI, India (AP) — Mumbai Indians’ losing streak in the Indian Premier League extended to six games after Lucknow Super Giants captain Lokesh Rahul led his team to an 18-run victory with a century on Saturday.
Second-placed Lucknow was joined by third-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore atop of the table after they beat Delhi Capitals by 16 runs.
Rahul, who has two golden ducks this season, scored an unbeaten 103 off 60 balls to power Lucknow to 199-4.
Mumbai struggled again and was restricted to 181-9.
“We try and find combinations and playing XIs that work but we can’t do it after losses," Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma said. "If I knew what’s going wrong, I’d correct it, but it’s not coming off.”
Rahul scored his first 50 runs off 33 balls then accelerated and raised his second fifty off 23 balls with a boundary against Tymal Mills in the penultimate over. He hit nine fours and five sixes.
Mills, the England left-arm fast bowler, was hammered for 51 runs off his three overs.
West Indian left-arm spinner Fabian Allen also didn’t impress in his first game for Mumbai, taking 1-46.
Rahul and De Kock gave Lucknow an opening stand of 52, and Rahul and Manish Pandey combined for 72.
Mumbai was in trouble early again and Dewald Brevis countered with 31 off 13 balls, Suryakumar Yadav's 37 and Kieron Pollard's 25.
At Wankhede, Bangalore also won after batting first. Propped up by No. 7 batter Dinesh Karthik's unbeaten 66 off 34 balls, Bangalore made 189-5 and restricted Delhi to 173-7.
Delhi lost its way once Wanindu Hasaranga dismissed David Warner for 66 in the 12th over while attempting a reverse sweep.
“The way DK (Dinesh Karthik) is playing at the moment, I may sound like a broken record, but he is playing the best he has ever,” Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis said. “He is so clear, calm and composed … and to get 190 you needed a special innings.”
Warner’s Australia teammate, Josh Hazlewood, chipped in with 3-28 and Mohammed Siraj removed dangerman Rishabh Pant for 34 in the 17th over.
Pant, dropped by Hasarnaga on 2, fell to a brilliant one-handed catch by Virat Kohli, who timed his jump to perfection in the covers to grab a stunner.
Delhi looked to have curtailed Bangalore at 120-5 into the 16th over, but Karthik cut loose. Karthik smashed Bangladesh left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman for four boundaries that included a reverse pull to third man, and plundered two sixes in an 18th over which went for 28 runs. It was Mustafizur’s most expensive over in Twenty20s.
Glenn Maxwell earlier dominated Delhi's bowlers with 55 off 34 balls after captain Faf du Plessis fell for eight and Kohli was run out for 12.
Pant’s drop of Karthik when the batter was on 5 proved costly for Delhi as Bangalore added a brisk 69 off the last 24 balls.
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