RCB vs MI Match Summary: Hardik Pandya struck two fours and two sixes in the penultimate over only to take Mumbai Indians home against Royals Challengers Bangalore on Monday. Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock posted their highest score in the power play tournament, scoring as many as 67 runs, as they registered their second win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament.
Chasing a par 171-run total, Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock raced to 50-run partnership in just five overs. The duo started off brilliantly, striking as many as nine boundaries between them.
Mumbai were cruising into the chase, having notched up 70 runs in seven overs, however, RCB’s hero of the match Moeen Ali, after scoring a fine-century earlier in the first innings, sent both the openers into the pavilion in the eight over, to bring his team back into the match.
The pitch suddenly turned a spinner paradise as Moeen Ali and Pavan Negi looked to the stranglehold of the situation. However, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav batted fearlessly even as made sure required run-rate doesn’t get a notch higher. Ishan struck two sixes to Pavan Negi followed by one more to Chahal before getting out in the next delivery. While Suryakumar Yadav also played a fine-hand in his knock of 29 runs off 23 deliveries.
RCB did fight back in the middle-overs, however, their inability to not seize the pressure moments were once again on display on Monday. Perhaps, Bangalore were hopeful till the 18th over, however, Hardik Pandya demolished Negi to all parts, hammering him for 22 runs, and, in the process, won the game for Mumbai with one over to spare.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 15, 2019
What’s more important is Royal Challengers Bangalore have potentially ended their hopes of making into playoffs.
Earlier, RCB Posted 171 Runs on the Board for the Loss of Five Wickets:
Overseas batsmen AB De Villiers and Moeen Ali starred in today’s match. The duo put on a show in the middle overs, stitching 105 run partnership between them. Moeen Ali struck his first half-century of the tournament, while De Villiers continued his top-form in the match.
Perhaps, RCB couldn’t end the innings the way they would have liked, having scored just 35 runs in the last four overs. AB De Villiers run out in the 20th over came at a wrong time, as the Men in Red could only manage to score 171 in the end.
Earlier, Virat Kohli, uncharacteristically fell early, followed by Parthiv in the seventh over after decent cameo of 28 runs off 20 balls.
Mumbai Indians have now jumped to third in the ranking with five wins in eight matches. While, Royal Challengers stick to remain at the bottom of the table, with only a single win in eight matches.
Lasith Malinga won the man of the match award for his impressive figures of 4 for 31 in four overs.
Banglore – 171/7 (20.0)
Mumbai 172/5 (19.0)
Lasith Malinga is the Man of the Match
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 15, 2019
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