It was the clash of two superstar teams who have not won any of their matches. Mumbai Indians had a bad start to their IPL campaign, losing to Delhi Capitals. Royal Challengers Bangalore, too, had a poor start and were beaten by Chennai Super Kings. However, MI registered their first win by defeating RCB in the thriller battle.
* As it Happened:
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli won the toss and Elected to the ball first. RCB go with an unchanged squad, while MI both brought in Mayank Markande and Lasith Malinga in place of Rashid Khan and Ben Cutting. As put into bat first, Mumbai needed a brisk start form their openers on a good batting pitch and that’s exactly what the opening pair of Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma provided. As they were separated in the seventh over due to the dismissal of De-Kock(23) by Yuzvendra Chahal, Rohit Sharma who was looking in fine touch added 33 runs in the company of Suryakumar Yadav.
Despite, Rohit Sharma failed to complete his fifty as Umesh Yadav picked him up on 48, Suryakumar Yadav added 37 runs with the company of Yuvraj Singh and kept the scoreboard moving. The latter wasted no time and smoked Chahal for three consecutive sixes before ending his short cameo of 23 runs of 12 balls. MI then suffered a collapse in the final five overs as they lost 4 crucial wickets in the span of Five runs. At this stage, MI Looked like they would be crumbled very quickly but, Hardik Pandya comeback cameo of 32 runs of 14 balls shifted momentum back in their favour and took the Mumbai Indians Scorecard to 187/8.
In the RCB chase, Bangalore sent out Moeen Ali to open with Parthiv Patel to provide the rapid start but the former left-handed couldn’t able to survive for long as he was run out on 13 runs. Coming in at No.3, Virat Kohli kept the scoreboard moving with Parthiv Patel. But, just when the partnership was looking dangerous, Parthiv got dismissed on 31 runs by Mayank Markande. Markande could have dismissed ABD on the very next ball if Yuvraj wouldn’t have dropped him at first slip.
Then, For RCB the whole pressure was on the shoulders of the best batsman in the world and they managed to build a 49 run partnership, as Virat Kohli brilliant batting of 46 runs in 32 balls comes to an end by Jasprit Bumrah. Needed 72 runs in the last six Ab. Devillers took the charge and scored 20 runs in the sixteenth over of Malinga and three boundaries in the eighteenth over of Hardik Pandya and took the chase down to 22 runs in final two overs. But, Jasprit Bumrah delivered an outstanding over and give away just 5 runs in the last second over.
With the 17 runs to defend in the last over, Shivam Dube hit a six on the very fast ball of last over. But, due to the courtesy of Malinga’s five solid yorkers the host could only manage to collect four more runs in the remaining balls. However, things might have ended on a different note if the umpire would have spotted that no ball.
* Best Batting Performance:
For MI- Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya made important Contributions. Rohit Sharma 48 of33 balls kept the stage right and Hardik Pandya 32* of 14 balls kept the momentum going.
For RCB: AB Devillers become the standout batting performer as he scored 70* off just 31 balls.
* Best Bowling Performance:
For Mi- Jasprit Bumrah shoed why he is rated as the best bowler in the world. Despite conceding 3 fours in the first over, he managed to come back strongly and finished his spell with figures of 20-3.
For RCB: Chahal outsmarted every batsman and became the most successful bowler in the match by ending his spell on 38-4.
* Brief Scores:
Mumbai Indians: 187/8.
(Rohit Sharma 48, Suryakumar Yadav 38, Hardik Pandya 32*, Yuzvendra Chahal 4-38).
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 181/5.
(Parthiv Patel 31, Virat Kohli 46, AB de Villiers 70*, Jasprit Bumrah 20-3).
* Record Alerts:
– Virat Kohli became the second batsman to score 5000 runs in the IPL.
– The only other batsman to reach the milestone previously was Suresh Raina.
* Last Ball Controversy: There was a bit of drama immediately after the match when replays indicated that Malinga had actually overstepped on the last ball, but the umpire Controversially overlooked it. It can become a Game changer as RCB had the opportunity to face the free-hit the following ball.