In match no. 32 of the ongoing Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) went back to square one when Mumbai Indians (MI) beat them at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
In a hope to break the jinx, RCB put 171 runs on the scoreboard led by AB de Villiers’ 75 runs off 51balls and Moeen Ali’s 50 off 32 balls. Mumbai too started on an electrifying note as Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock quickly added 50-run partnership on the scoreboard.
The score would have been much more had de Villiers not got run out by Pollard in the final over, as Malinga did the rest by bowling at a tight line and length while picking two more wickets on that over.
Earlier, the Sri Lankan pacer had scalped the wickets of Moeen Ali and Marcus Stoinis as well, which got his figures to 4 for 31 in his comeback game.
RCB’s pacers comprising of Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Siraj failed to impress once again as Rohit Sharma and De Kock clobbered the bowlers to add an opening stand of 71 in the first six overs.
Introduction of spin and more importantly Moeen Ali brought the game alive as he got both the openers back in the hut in just one over with the score being on 71-2. Ishan Kishan did counter attack spin by smashing a few over the fence and scored a 9 ball 21 before getting stumped on Yuzvendra Chahal’s over.
Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya did the negate the spin to an extent but couldn’t capitalise by going for the big shots. Yadav departed for 29 as Chahal got his second wicket of the night.
The hosts needed 43 of 27 deliveries, with Hardik Pandya being the new man to walk in the crease. The siblings added a 19 run stand before Krunal Pandya got dismissed by Siraj after a sluggish knock of 11.
With 22 runs needed of 12, Hardik Pandya did what he does best as he struck five boundaries and two sixes to end the game in Mumbai’s favor with the utmost ease. Pandya scored 37 of 16 balls while Kieron Pollard didn’t even get to face a ball.
It seemed like RCB would have made a comeback in the IPL after registering their first win against KXIP, but their losing streak has continued and have sealed their place at the bottom of the points table.
Mumbai on the other hand with their fifth win climbed to the third spot on the points table behind Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Delhi Capitals (DC).
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