AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers


Royal Challengers Bangalore would be looking to address their fielding and pace-bowling concerns when they face defending champions Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League here on Monday.

RCB started on a winning note but then their star-studded collapsed against Kings XI Punjab, resulting in a humbling 97-run defeat.

After scores of 14 and 1, Kohli is due for a big one and would be itching to spend more time in the middle.

Opener Devdutt Padikkal, who started his IPL career with a classy half-century, did not do much against KXIP and will be aiming for consistency.

Australian limited overs captain Aaron Finch would be hoping to convert starts into match-winning performances while AB de Villiers, who has looked in god touch, will be expected to provide the late fireworks again with the lower-order not inspiring a lot of hope.

It is still not clear whether RCB will have the services of South African all-rounder Chris Morris, who sat out of the first two games due to a side strain.

In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal, as always, will be the key man with pacers, barring Navdeep Saini, leaking runs.

Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav have proved expensive so far. The South African great is likely to retain his place in the playing eleven but the same can't be said about Yadav, who could make way for Mohammad Siraj.

England all-rounder Moeen Ali will be a welcome addition to the middle-order but with Josh Phillippe keeping wickets regularly, he can only replace Steyn.

Mumbai Indians, who ticked all the boxes in their comfortable win against Kolkata Knight Riders, are unlikely to tinker with their team composition. Although their were a few areas where the team can improve on fitness as some of there prime players seemed overweight and lethargic on the field.

The biggest positive is that skipper Rohit Sharma is back among the runs and looked in ominous touch against KKR, and so did Suryakumar Yadav.

The only change that the team can make is bring in Ishan Kishan in place of the bulky Saurabh Tiwary.

Apart from their batting prowess, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard can jointly perform the role of an additional bowler, but MI coach Mahela Jayawardene has made it clear that they don't want to take any risks with Hardik, who is playing after a long break following a back injury.

Another positive for the defending champions is that pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah roared back to form after a rare failure against Chennai Super Kings.

James Pattinson and Kiwi Trent Boult played their parts to perfection and they would be keen to continue in the same vein.


Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Isuru Udana, Moeen Ali, Josh Philippe, Pawan Negi, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattison, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton De Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult

Starting XI Prediction:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(C), AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Josh Philippe(WK), Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Dream XI:

Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, James Pattinson, Navdeep Saini, Rahul Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Toss: Mumbai Indians win the toss, opt to bowl first

Starting XI:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(C), AB de Villiers(WK), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Isuru Udana

Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock(WK), Rohit Sharma(C), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

The game begins!

Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch are at the crease with Padikkal on strike. Trent Boult will open the attack for Mumbai Indians.

Score after 5 overs: RCB (49-0)

Aaron Finch has started the show for RCB. He could have been stopped, but a dropped catch by Rohit Sharma has given Finch an extra life. Padikkal, on the other end, is yet to start his hitting. He's taking his time to settle in before he starts his show!

Score after 10 overs: RCB (85-1)

Finch did his best before he was dismissed. It is a good start for RCB. Now Kohli and AB de Villiers can help RCB reach a respectable total.

Score after 15 overs: RCB (123-2)

Virat Kohli was once again dismissed early on. Kohli has not managed to reach 50 in 14 innings, very poor from the skipper. Meanwhile, Padikkal and de Villiers now hold the baton and will take RCB to a respectable total.

Score after 20 overs: RCB (201-3), MI need 202 to win

Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, AB de Villiers and Shivam Dube have helped RCB reach a respectable total. Despite Kohli's poor performance yet again, the squad turned up to challenge the current champions.

However, one should not underestimate Mumbai Indians and their batting prowess. With the likes of Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and others, the 200-run target may seem easy.. unless RCB's bowling does their magic.

The chase begins!

Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock are at the crease. Sharma is on strike. Isuru Udana will open the attack for RCB.

Score after 5 overs: MI (35-2)

Not the start fans were expecting from Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav dismissed early on. Thing are not looking good for the Paltan. Fans will be hoping for a Rahul Tewatia-inning in the ongoing chase.

Score after 10 overs: MI (63-3)

Another wicket down. Quinton de Kock departed with Hardik Pandya coming on for him. High hopes from him and Ishan Kishan. If another wicket falls, it will be over for Mumbai Indians.

Score after 15 overs: MI (112-4)

Yesterday, Rajasthan Royals were in a similar situation. They won with 3 balls remaining. Today, Ishan Kishan, who is putting up a great performance, has Kieron Pollard on the other end. Tough, but not impossible.


It was not impossible. We said it. Tough, but not impossible! Ishan Kishan, what an inning from the man. One short of the century-mark. Kieron Pollard, on the other hand, absolutely monstrous of a player at the crease. The pair covered 89 runs in 30 balls. Had they won, it would have been the highest successful chase completed in the last five overs.

The Super-Over begins!

Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya at the crease with the former on strike. Saini to bowl for RCB!

RCB need 8 in the super-over!

A disappointing super-over from Mumbai Indians. Not a challenge for RCB hitters like Finch and de Villiers.

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are at the crease with the former on strike. Jasprit Bumrah will bowl the super-over for MI.

RCB win against MI in the super-over!

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Mumbai Indians in the Super Over in Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday.

Both the teams scored 201 runs in the allotted 20 overs which took the match into the Super Over. Mumbai Indians scored seven runs in the Super Over. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers chased the target till the last delivery to win the match.

Earlier, chasing a target of 202 runs, Mumbai Indians witnessed a very poor start as Rohit Sharma was dismissed in the second over of the innings. In the next over, Suryakumar Yadav was sent back to the pavilion by Isuru Udana.

The fall of wickets did not stop as Quinton de Kock was removed by Yuzvendra Chahal in the seventh over, reducing Mumbai Indians to 39/3.

Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya then took the responsibility of the chase. However, the partnership did not last for a long time as Pandya got out after scoring 15 runs. Kieron Pollard was the next and provided Mumbai Indians with some momentum, along with Kishan.

Kishan completed his half-century as he took the team over the 100-run mark. After the completion of 16 overs, Mumbai Indians were playing at 122/4 and needed 80 runs from the remaining 24 balls.

Adam Zampa bowled the 17th over and Pollard scored 27 runs in the over which included three sixes and a boundary. Pollard continued his hitting in the next over as he completed his half-century in just 20 balls.

Navdeep Saini bowled the 19th over and gave away 12 runs in the over. Last over was bowled by Udana and Kishan smashed two sixes before getting out on 99 runs.

Mumbai Indians needed five runs off the last ball and Pollard hit a boundary which dragged the match into the Super Over.

After being asked to bat first, RCB got off to a brilliant start. Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal both struck regular boundaries to Mumbai Indians bowlers and took the team over the 50-run mark in the sixth over.

Padikkal played cautiously while Finch played with an attacking mindset. The Australian batter went on to score his half-century. The duo formed an 81-run partnership before Trent Boult got hold of Finch (52).

Kohli then came out to bat but failed to leave a mark as he scored just three runs before Rahul Chahar dismissed him. The skipper's dismissal brought de Villiers out on the field.

Padikkal shifted gear and started playing furiously, smashing two consecutive sixes to James Pattinson in the 14th over. Continuing his phenomenal form, Padikkal completed his half-century off 37 balls.

Jasprit Bumrah bowled the 17th over and de Villiers hit two sixes and a boundary in the over as the pacer conceded 18 runs in the over. However, Boult handed Mumbai Indians with the much-needed breakthrough as he took the wicket of Padikkal (54).

Shivam Dube then came out to bat. Dube and de Villiers played brilliantly in the final overs. Dube struck three sixes in the last over, bowled by Pattinson. De Villiers scored 55 runs while Dube played a knock of 27 runs, helping the team post a massive total of 201 runs on the board.

For Mumbai Indians, Trent Boult took two wickets while Chahar picked one wicket.

End of the day's play!

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