Dubai: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) thrashed Mumbai Indians in a thrilling high-scoring match here on Monday with two wins in the Indian Premier League (IPL) because playing a better game than Mumbai Indians.
RCB had scored a strong score of 201 for three on being invited to bat first. Mumbai’s team responded by scoring 201 runs for five wickets to take the match to super over. Mumbai bowled Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya to bat in the super over instead of Ishan Kishan, who played an excellent inning of 99 runs, but Navdeep Saini gave only seven runs in this over.
For Mumbai, Jasprit Bumrah gave only two runs in the first three balls, but de Villiers hit the fourth ball. When Bumrah bowled the yorker, de Villiers could manage only one run. In such a situation, Virat Kohli struck a winning four on the low-lying full toss ball. Earlier, RCB were given a positive start by Aaron Finch (52 runs off 35 balls, seven fours a six) and Devdutt Padikkal (54 off 40 balls, five fours, two sixes) adding 81 runs for the first wicket. De Villiers contributed 55 not out with the help of four fours and four sixes in 24 balls and Shivam Dubey contributed 27 not out from ten balls with the help of three sixes.
Mumbai did not start well and their three wickets were out for 39 runs. In such a situation, young Kishan scored 99 off 58 balls with the help of two fours and nine sixes and Pollard scored an unbeaten 60 off 24 balls with the help of three fours and five sixes.
These two shared a 119-run partnership for the fifth wicket. For RCB, Washington Sundar provided a fine piece of tight bowling and took one wicket for 12 runs in four overs, but the rest of his bowlers could not leave an impact. Substitute
Pawan Negi took three catches but he also gave life to Pollard.
In front of the big goal, Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma (8) and Suryakumar Yadav (0) and Quinton de Kock (14) took quick wickets.
Hardik Pandya (15) also could not help Mumbai Indians. The score was 63 for three after ten overs. Kishan hit two sixes on Saini and then completed a half-century with a six over Zampa. Mumbai needed 80 runs in the last four overs. The bowlers were having difficulty in making a grip on the ball due to dew. Pollard then turned the dice. He hit three sixes on Zampa and then the same sixes in Chahal’s over. Two of these sixes came off Pollard’s bat, of which the other six he completed the half-century off 20 balls.
RCB came under pressure with 49 runs in two overs. Saini gave 12 runs in the 19th over, and thus Mumbai needed 19 runs in the last over. Isuru Udana was the bowler. Two runs scored on the first two balls. Kishan sent the third and fourth balls for sixes, but on the fifth ball, he was caught at the boundary line and missed the century. Pollard equalized the score with a four.
Earlier, from RCB, Finch initially took the responsibility of scoring runs. He reached the half-century off 32 balls, taking advantage of the life of Rohit, but he could not get a shot from the right timing of Bolt’s slow ball and gave easy catch.
Kohli failed for the third consecutive match. He struggled for 11 balls and practised a catch to Rohit standing on the cover off Chahar, scoring only three runs. When Kohli remained at the crease, the run pace also slowed down. Padikkal then hit Pattinson for two consecutive sixes and then hit a four-over Kieron Pollard to complete his second tournament of the tournament.
Pollard took a brilliant catch of Padikkal at the boundary line on the slow ball of Boult but in the meantime, De Villiers had come into his colour. De Villiers scored 18 runs in an over from Bumrah with the help of two sixes and fours. He also sent a ball from Boult for a blistering six and then completed a half-century in the next over of Bumrah with a six that went 90 meters away. Dubey hit three sixes in the last over of Pattinson’s innings to take the score to 200 runs. De Villiers added 62 runs with Padikkal and shared an unbroken 47-run partnership with Dubey.