Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah bowled superb last two overs of the second innings, as Mumbai Indian pulled off a last-ball thriller against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the seventh match of Indian Premier League, winning the match by 6 runs on Thursday.
Chasing a mammoth 187-run total, RCB lost their first wicket early in the form of Moeen Ali, getting run-out by Mumbai Indians on 13 off 7. Skipper Virat coming in at three, then stitched a brilliant partnership of 40 runs off 21 balls until Mayank Markande bowled the RCB wicket-keeper for 31 off 22 balls.
106 was needed in last ten overs, with Kohli and De Villiers at the crease, as the stage was set to see a nail-biting finish on Thursday. While De Villiers didn’t start too well, having been lucky on quite a few occasions, Virat, at the other end, was playing shots with ease. The duo was cruising the chase even as Mumbai needed one wicket to win the match.
Rohit Sharma handed the ball to his best bet Jasprit Bumrah. The right-handed fast bowler gave away just three runs, including the most important wicket of Virat Kohli, leading to a jubilant celebration from Mumbai fans.
But, another bigger threat, AB De Villiers was still at the crease. Started off dangerously, De Villiers went to become the leading run scorer of the match, smacking 70 runs off 40 balls. However, former South African cricketer failed to take see his team through in the end as RCB lost the match by six runs in the end.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock gave their side a blistering start, hammering boundaries right from the start of the first over. The duo brought the 50-run partnership in just six overs. Skipper Rohit Sharma looked on course to play one of his all-time best innings, while ally Quinton De Kock was supporting him equally as RCB’s skipper had no option but to bring his best bowler Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack and much to the delight of RCB, the leg-spinner bowled De Kock in just his third delivery.
However, the wicket didn’t have any effect on Rohit who continued his fireworks. Suryakumar Yadav, on the other hand, was holding his end well. And once again, just when it looked like the duo were all set to post a massive total, skipper Kohli brought Umesh Yadav for his second spell. For the second time in a row, it worked for the team as Yadav accounted for the dangerous Rohit, getting him caught at mid-on on 48 runs.
But the entertainment didn’t last there. Yuvraj Singh came in the middle and little did we expect that we were up for some vintage Yuvi sixes. The left-hander is looking in prime touch as he hammered three sixes in three balls off Yuzvendra Chahal and was all set to replicate the World Cup’s six-in-six-spectacle once again, however, the left-hander was caught on the mid-off boundary in an attempt to hit the fourth six in a row to Yuzi. Yuvi was out 23 off just 12 balls.
Suryakumar Yadav also played a handy inning but, once again, Yuzi Chahal gave Royals another wicket as Yadav lost his wicket on 38, becoming the fourth Mumbai Batsman who was playing well but couldn’t capitalize.
Keiron Pollard became Chahal’s fourth victim as he skied the ball on the last delivery of his spell to deep cover only to hand the ball to Shimron Hetmyer as in the space of four overs, Mumbai lost their four wickets.
The wicket didn’t stop tumbling as Mumbai were all set to fold under 160, however, Hardik’s onslaught in the final two overs took the total to 187 at the end of 20 overs. The Indian all-rounder hit some massive sixes, including the one which went off the ground as he struck a brilliant 14-ball 32, including two fours and three massive sixes.