Mumbai Indians came from the back to win very exciting tie against the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs.
Chasing a stiff total of 188, Royals Challengers Bangalore found everything going for themselves when openers Parthiv Patel(26) and Chris Gayle(38) added 53 runs in just 5.1 overs for the opening wicket. Even Virat Kohli(35), who has not been in the greatest of the form in the current edition of the IPL looked in prime touch and a victory seemed like the only possibility for them considering the fact that Ab de Villiers was the next batsmen padded up to come in.
Just when one thought that the RCB batsmen have got their form going for the team, the team found a new way to invite trouble for themselves. Cruising at a point when they were 117/2 in the 13th over and two of the best batsmen in the world batting alongside each other and looking absolutely comfortable in the middle, timing the ball to perfection, it seemed like the Mumbai indians will have to deal with their first loss after 9 games at the Wankhede.
But the Bangalore batsmen were faulty in playing some rash strokes and over confident batting from their in form batsmen. While De Villiers completely mis played a scoop of the bowling of Jaspreet Bumrah, Kohli was guilty of playing one shot too many when he tried to smack Suyal out of the park only to be caught at the long off boundary by Corey Andersen.
After the fall of Kohli’s wicket, the RCB wickets kept falling at regular intervals and no batsman applied themselves enough to finish the game for them. Yuvraj singh failed once again as he was runout by Kieron Pollard while trying to steal a quick single. Rilee Roussow (24) tried his best to take Bangalore closer to victory but he too had to fall to the brilliance of Lasith Malinga.
Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga were the pick of the bowlers for the Mumbai Indians as they picked up 2 wickets each while not giving away too many runs and keeping themselves calm in tough situations.
Earlier, Mumbai posted an imposing total of 187/5 on the board thanks mainly to their captains quickfire knock of 59 and Keiron Pollard’s 43. Every bangalore bowler struggled to deliver a good performance at the Wankhede. Harshal Patel was the pick of the bowlers for RCB as he ended up with figures of 1/28.
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs.
Man of the match: Rohit Sharma.