Mumbai: Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by five wickets in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) here at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. With this win, Mumbai has now moved on to the third position in the league standings whereas RCB are languishing at the bottom.
Chasing a target of 172, Mumbai Indians got off to a positive start as both openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock were at their fluent best, hammering the visitors for regular boundaries. Mumbai was able to score 67 runs in the powerplay overs.The duo stitched together a 70-run partnership before Sharma (28) was dismissed by Moeen Ali. The batsman failed to read the ball out the bowler’s hands and he was bowled through the gate. Ali dismissed de Kock (40) in the same over staging RCB’s comeback in the match.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan retrieved the innings for Mumbai as they staged a quickfire 33-run partnership. Their resistance was ended by Yuzvendra Chahal as he defeated Kishan (21) in flight, getting him stumped. Krunal Pandya and Yadav put on a brief 25-run stand but Chahal once again provided the key breakthrough to RCB as he dismissed Yadav (29) in the 16th over of the innings, with Mumbai still requiring 43 runs for the win.
Hardik Pandya joined his brother Krunal in the middle and both these batsmen shrugged 19 runs from the remaining 43 runs, but Krunal was dismissed by Mohammed Siraj in the 18th over with the team still requiring 24 runs more. The right-handed Pandya, however, kept on playing in his trademark style and he ensured Mumbai’s victory by five wickets and with six balls to spare. Hardik remained unbeaten on 37.
Earlier, AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali’s knocks of 75 and 50 respectively enabled RCB to post 171 runs on the board for the loss of seven wickets. RCB got off to the worst start possible as they lost their skipper Virat Kohli (8) in the third over of the innings as Jason Behrendorff had him caught at the hands of the wicket-keeper, de Kock.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 171-7 (AB de Villiers 75, Moeen Ali 50; Lasith Malinga 4/31) lost to
Mumbai Indians: 172-5 in 19 overs (Quinton de Kock 40; Hardik Pandya 37*; Moeen Ali 2-18, Yuzvendra Chahal 2-27).