IPL Match 31 Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: Lasith Malinga delivered a sensational spell of fast bowling on his comeback to the Indian Premier League 2019 as he played a crucial role in Mumbai Indians clinical win over Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets. After Malinga’s brilliant four-for, Hardik Pandya smashed an unbeaten 37 off 16 balls as Mumbai romped to the 172-run target with six balls to spare at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.

Chasing a challenging total, skipper Rohit Sharma and opener Quinton de Kock powered Mumbai to a blazing start as the duo knitted an important stand of 70 runs in 7 overs. After a bit of stutter in the middle, Hardik played a brilliant cameo to win it for the hosts. Courtesy this victory, Mumbai have now won 5 out of their 8 matches and are currently placed at the third spot in the table. While Bangalore have lost 7 out of their 8 games and continue to languish at the bottom of the table. (SCORECARD)

Earlier, AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali hit impressive half-centuries to guide RCB to a respectable 171 for 7 against the men in blue. After RCB lost skipper Virat Kohli (8 off 9 balls) and Parthiv Patel (28 off 20 balls) inside seven overs, de Villiers (75 in 51 balls) along with Ali (50 runs in 32 balls) resurrected the innings with a 95-run stand for the third wicket.

The South African star stamped his authority, hammering six fours and four sixes, as he completed his half-century in 41 balls. Ali was a little bit more aggressive than de Villiers as he hit five sixes and a lone boundary as the two took the MI attack to cleaners.

Ali initially played second fiddle but later upped the ante. He was particularly severe on Australian pacer Jason Behrendorff (1/49), whom he hit for two sixes and a four in the 16th over, which fetched 17 runs for RCB. De Villiers, who took time to settle, then showed his class, as he hit round the park.

However, veteran Sri Lankan pacer Malinga (4/31) pegged the visiting side back by removing Ali and Marcus Stonis (0) in the 18th over and taking two wickets in the final over. De Villiers was run out in the final over off a brilliant throw from long-on.

Earlier put into bat, Behrendorff celebrated his World Cup selection by getting the prized wicket of Kohli, who edged to stumper Quinton De Kock.

Parthiv struck three fours and a six off Behrendorff in the fifth over from which RCB amassed 19 runs. But he threw his wicket away, giving a dolly to Suryakumar Yadav off Hardik Pandya (1/21).

(With Agency Inputs)