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Rohit Sharma played a captains knock as Mumbai Indians chalked up their second win of
Rohit Sharma played a captains knock as Mumbai Indians chalked up their second win of the IPL campaign with a six-wicket victory at home to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Star Lotulelei Jersey . The India star (62 from 44 balls) hit his second fifty of the season before Englands Jos Buttler fired a rapid 28 off 14 deliveries as the defending champions trumped Bangalores 170-7 with 12 balls in the bank following back-to-back defeats to Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier in the week.Slow left-armer Krunal Pandya (2-27) had dented Bangalores knock by dismissing Virat Kohli (33 from 30) and AB de Villiers (29 from 21) in the 11th over and bright, late cameos from youngsters Travis Head (37 from 24) and Sarfaraz Khan (28 from 18) proved in vain as the visitors slipped to a second defeat in a row. Marcus North and Rob Key were impressed with the nature of Mumbai Indians win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. Bangalore were shorn of Chris Gayle at Wankhede Stadium after the Jamaican flew home for the birth of his first child, with Kohlis team making six changes to the XI that lost to a Quinton de Kock-inspired Delhi Daredevils last time out.Gayles replacement, Lokesh Rahul (23 from 14), provided ample entertainment, cracking two fours and two sixes from the four balls immediately before he clipped Mitchell McClenaghan - who had earlier struck him on the helmet - to slip.Kohli and De Villiers came into the game on the back of successive fifties against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi, and threatened to pass the milestone again as they shared a stand of 59 for the second wicket in 39 deliveries. Krunal Pandya dismissed Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers However, the pair fell to Pandya in the space of five balls - Kohli caught at long-off, De Villiers stumped - while Shane Watson made just five before edging Jasprit Bumrah (3-31) behind as Bangalore lost three wickets for eight runs.Head, though, impressed on his IPL debut, the Australian left-hander - who creamed a century for Adelaide Strikers in this years Big Bash - adding 63 from 34 balls with the inventive Sarfaraz prior to being run out in the final over. Heads team-mate and countryman, Kane Richardson, then picked up a wicket with his first ball for Bangalore, the seamer forcing Parthiv Patel (5) to skew to De Villiers at point at the start of the second over.Sharma and Rayudu (31 from 23), however, soon found their rhythm, combining to amass 79 runs from 55 deliveries before they fell to the spin of Iqbal Abdulla (3-40) in the 11th and 13th overs respectively.Buttler became Abdullas third victim in the 16th after smiting the slow left-armer for successive sixes down the ground from the previous two balls, leaving Kieron Pollard (40no from 19) to pummel Mumbai over the line, the West Indian clubbing four boundaries and three maximums.Catch more IPL action on Thursday as unbeaten Gujarat Lions face Eoin Morgan and Sunrisers Hyderabad. That clash is live on Sky Sports 3 from 3pm. Vontae Davis Jersey . His big 2-minute outburst in the fourth quarter Tuesday night is all that really mattered for the Dallas Mavericks. Trent Murphy Jersey . The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who lose three straight finals in Monte Carlo to Rafael Nadal from 2006-08, has not played in the tournament since 2011, when he lost to Jurgen Melzer in the quarterfinals. . Off-Season Game Plan looks at what the Blue Jackets may do to build upon last seasons success to return to the playoffs again next year.( - The Carolina Hurricanes shoot for an improbable sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins when the Metropolitan Division rivals meet Saturday at PNC Arena for the finale of a home-and-home series. Pittsburgh entered Fridays opener 17 points ahead of the Hurricanes in the division standings, but Carolina skated away from the Steel City with a 4-2 victory. It was Carolinas second straight win over the Penguins after losing the previous five encounters in this series. Carolina also entered the matchup with an NHL-worst 2-9-2 record on the road this season, but added a third road victory with the win. Jiri Tlusty recorded two goals and an assist to fuel the Hurricanes on Friday and Nathan Gerbe snapped a 2-2 tie with a power-play score early in the third period. Tlusty had an empty-net tally with 13 seconds left in the third to help Carolina halt a three-game slide and win for just the second time in eight outings. Patrick Dwyer added a goal to support a 20-save effort from Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward. Its a tough challenge playing against the Penguins, Ward said. Theyre a very offensive team. And we were able to control our gaps and prevent them from getting in the neutral zone. Pittsburgh, which enters Saturday tied with the NNew York Islanders for first place in the Metro, lost for only the third time in regulation over its last 17 games (12-3-2). Phillip Gaines Bills Jersey. The Penguins were outshot by a 35-22 margin on Friday and received goals from Kris Letang and Patric Hornqvist. Sidney Crosby assisted on both markers, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31-of-34 chances in defeat. We just didnt play well, said Crosby said. They work hard. They pressure the puck and they just outbattled us, but they did the right things and we didnt play well at all. Crosby has six assists over the last three games, but Pittsburghs Evgeni Malkin had a six-game point streak halted. Fridays game marked the first encounter between the Penguins and Hurricanes since Jim Rutherford stepped down from his general manager post with Carolina to take the same job in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh still has eight wins in the last 11 meetings with the Canes and has claimed three in a row and four of five in North Carolina. Anton Khudobin will get the start in net for Carolina and is 1-1-0 with a 2.02 goals against average in his career against the Penguins. Pittsburgh backup Thomas Greiss could get his fifth start of the season on Saturday. He has a loss in his only career games against Carolina. 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