Royal Challengers Bangalore yesterday again lost a match on Monday. Mumbai Indians clinched a 5- wicket win against Bangalore team in front of their home crowd at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai.
After winning the toss Mumbai opted to bowl and restricted the visitors quite well. Virat Kohli, the captain of the Bangalore team once again was sent back too early. At the other end, Parthiv Patel (28) held the innings and also added some aggressive runs. Parthiv’s efforts actually helped Bangalore and Mumbai bowlers couldn’t have the full domination. He was involved in a 37-run partnership with AB de Villiers. His innings of 28 runs included four boundaries and a six. Then de Villiers rose to the occasion and smashed a calculated 75 runs. Moeen Ali was the other RCB batter who helped to set a decent target. Moeen (50) and ABDV added 95 runs for the third wicket taking RCB to 144 in 17 overs. Although they lost a few wickets at the end, RCB could set 171/7. For Lasith Malinga was the star of the Mumbai camp and picked up four wickets to be the most successful bowler in the match.
The Mumbai Indians openers laid the foundation for the chase and added 70-run partnership. But there was a sudden shock when Rohit Sharma (28) and Quinton de Kock (40 of 26 balls) both were dismissed in the same over, thanks to Moeen Ai. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan never let the momentum go down. Ishan Kishan’s cameo of 21 from 9 balls ensured the escalation on the scored while Yadav held the other end. The dismissals of Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav (29) and Krunal Pandya (11), Mumbai innings seemed to have lost the flow. MI needed 22 runs from the last two overs when the RCB captain handed the ball to Pawan Negi. The on strike batter Hardik Pandya was beaten with the first ball but then he went for two sixes and two fours off the next four balls to settle the matter. Hardik finished unbeaten on 37 from 16 balls and Mumbai Indians won the match with one full over to spare.