First Virat Kohli and then AB de Villiers both threatened to take the game away from Mumbai at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. However, RCB could not get past the excellent death bowling by two of the greats of the game and an umpiring error at the crucial as they slumped to second successive defeat in IPL 2019.
Winning the toss fielding first on a good batting wicket RCB’s opening bowlers could not stop Rohit and Quinton de Kock from scoring freely as the duo added 52 in the powerplay. Yuzvendra Chahal, introduced after the powerplay, made an immediate impact to remove reverse sweeping Q de Kock. Yadav removed threatening Rohit Sharma. With MI looking set for a total of 200, Chahal removed Yuvraj Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, and Pollard, in a matter of three overs to put the brakes on scoring. However, once Chahal was bowled out, RCB failed to contain Hardik Pandya who helped MI reach a fighting 187.
The chase was dominated by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Kohli demoted himself to number 3 and was scoring fairly quickly before top-edging one from Bumrah. AB de Villiers took the matter in his hands once Kohli departed, however, failed to get able support from Hetmyer or Grandhomme. 17 to get from the last over against Malinga, despite a 6 of the first ball by Shivam Dube, RCB fell short by 5 runs thanks partially to the umpire that failed to site a clear no-ball.
Despite getting hit for 3 consecutive sixes, Yuzvendra Chahal was the peak of the bowlers with 4 wickets to his name. Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav took two wickets each. Kohli with 46 at about 150 strike rate and AB de Villiers with 70 of just 41 were the top scorers for the RCB.
Mumbai was saved by a whisker against the RCB away from home to register their first win of the IPL 2019. Firstly then scored less than they should have, and then, they were looking clueless against rampaging RCB. Luckily they have the best death bowlers in Bumrah and Malinga that saved the game eventually.
Mumbai started off confidently on a flat track at Chinnaswamy stadium with Rohit Sharma and Q de Kock providing a quick-scoring and wicketless powerplay. They slowed down somewhat after the powerplay due to Chahal. Yuvraj Singh tried to break the shackles with consecutive sixes of opposition's best bowler but got out attempting a fourth one. Few quick wickets thereon pegged MI back a bit but Hardik’s exploits at the end of the innings helped them get past 185.
The defense was dominated by RCB batsmen until Kohli got out. Mumbai did not have answers to the innings Kohli was playing. With AB de Villiers alongside him, Mumbai were staring at a possible defeat. But they kept at it. And once they got Kohli out, despite AB de Villiers changing gears, Mumbai did not allow new batters to score freely and eventually left it to their best death bowlers to save the game for them which they did.
Captain Rohit Sharma top scored with 48. Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya score above 30 each but Pandya’s innings was of just 14 deliveries which eventually proved to be the difference. Yuvraj Singh entertained with a flurry of sixes in his cameo of 23 runs. Man of the match Jasprit Bumrah was the peak of the bowlers with 3 wickets for just 20 runs in 4 overs.
RCB must be fuming after that loss being on the wrong side of the umpiring howler. They would come hard against Sunrisers Hyderabad away from home on 31 March 2019. As of today, SRH, like RCB, are yet to get their first win of the 12th edition of the IPL. RCB must be keen to quickly get to winning ways if they are to have any chance of making it to the playoffs.
Mumbai won’t be complaining although Rohit Sharma did mention the umpiring errors. Despite the win, Mumbai have problems to address in the middle overs – with the bat and ball. They would like to correct those in the next match against KXIP on 30 March 2019.
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