#MI fell 14 runs short to chase down the modest score of 167 set by #RCB.
A good win for RCB – Royal Challengers Bangalore. Their bowlers finally showed improved performance against Mumbai indians yesterday.
Mumbai Indians batting hasn’t been that consistent in this season of IPL. Their batting has been weak and yesterday they chocked in the run chase of 167 runs. Hardik Pandya played well but he was not supported well enough to guide MI through the victory.
Royal Challengers Bangalore batted first after Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bowl.
RCB had another opening change for this game from their last game, this time Quinton De Cock opened with Manan Vohra.
But this experiment too didn’t work for them. This time De Cock was out early, after adding just 38 runs from 4.6 overs De Cock was picked up By the Kiwi pacer McClenaghan.
De Cock wasn’t in his best in this innings, his struggle ended on just 7 runs which he scored from 13 balls. He went for slog hit but he couldn’t the elevation and he was caught brilliantly by Rohit Sharma.
After this first wicket, Brendon McCullum was promoted up the order. He batted at number 3 in this match.
Baz and Vohra rebuild the innings as they cross the fifty run mark in the 7th over.
The innings was progressing in a decent way and both the batsmen were well set at the crease.
But just then Mayank Makrande struck for MI, he picked up the well set Vohra in the 8th over after the timeout.
Vohra went for the sweep shot but he was beaten and the ball went on to hit the stumps. He was caught plumb in front for 45 runs.
Then skipper Virat Kohli came in to bat with McCullum and straight away they got involved in a partnership.
Kohli and Baz batted with an aim of scoring some quick runs. But that was not possible because of economical bowling from MI.
All the bowlers bowled decently, except for the 10th over from Hardik Pandya which cost 20 runs, rest was very economical from the MI side.
Just like the last game, RCB innings was not going on well. They were struggling to score quick runs and the wicket of McCullum in the 14th did the damage for them.
Baz was run out by Hardik Pandya, McCullum wasn’t quick enough to take that cheeky single which ended his innings of 37 runs.
The 61 run partnership was broken because of this run out as Mandeep Singh was the next batsmen in for RCB.
But in the quest of scoring some quick runs, RCB lost the momentum. Mandeep Singh and Virat Kohli were out in the 17th over.
RCB couldn’t handle these huge blows and started to lose wickets in their final overs.
Mandeep Singh and Virat Kohli were out in the same over, they were dismissed by Hardik Pandya.
Mandeep was out on a slower delivery and Kohli was dismissed on a cutter.
The lower didn’t do that much after the fall of these two wickets.
Washington Sundar and Tim Southee went very cheaply, they couldn’t hang around with Colin Grandhomme.
It was 10 ball 23 runs cameo by Colin Grandhomme which helped RCB to get to 167 runs in their 20 overs.
Mumbai Indians bowled well, Hardik Pandya was too good. Except for his 20 runs over he bowled decently in this match.
Hardik Pandya picked up 3 wickets with him, McClenaghan, Bumrah, and Makrande picked up 1 wicket to their name.
The run chase of 168 wasn’t the best form Mumbai Indians. They dropped Evin Lewis and replaced him with Jean-Paul Duminy but that didn’t work for them.
Mumbai Indians kept getting crucial blows from the 1st over of their innings.
In-form batsman Ishan Kishen was out after facing just 1 delivery. He bagged a golden duck in this match. Umesh Yadav picked up his wicket.
Then 2 huge strikes put Royal Challengers Bangalore on top. In Umesh Yadav’s 2nd over, he dismissed the Indian vice Captain Rohit Sharma and Surya Kumar Yadav in quick succession.
The 3 wickets fell inside 3 overs, which made Mumbai Indians look venerable as the big man walked out to the crease.
Kieron Pollard hasn’t been in best of nicks in this IPL 2018. He again struggled to time the ball. That’s what helped RCB.
After facing 13 balls, Kieron Pollard was out to young Mohd Siraj for just 13 runs.
RCB were all over the Mumbai Indians in this match. Rohit and his boys were on back foot.
Then came Hardik Pandya, he and JP Duminy batted well together. But this much-needed partnership couldn’t go a long way for MI.
Duminy was run out for 23 runs and that pushed the MI into more trouble.
Krunal Pandya came in to support his brother Hardik. The two Pandya brothers batted gustily in front of the RCB bowlers.
The Pandya brothers shared a 56 run stand which drove them close in this run chase.
Hardik Pandya also completed his 50 in this process but Krunal Pandya was out to Siraj in the 18th over.
And then the hopes of Mumbai Indians dashed when Hardik Pandya was dismissed in the last over of this run chase.
Hardik Pandya played well and so as Krunal Pandya. Hardik was out for 50 runs and Krunal scored 23 runs.
Then the tail batted through the 20 overs but they couldn’t chase the score of 168 runs. They fell short by 14 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match by 14 runs.
The bowlers did a fantastic job for RCB; they picked up a regular wicket at regular intervals.
Tim Southee, Mohd Siraj, and Umesh Yadav picked up 2 wickets each to their name in this match and Tim Southee was awarded the man of the match award for his excellent bowling figures.