Chasing a mammoth target of 188 to win, Royal Challengers Bangalore only managed to score 168/8 in their 20 alloted overs, thus losing by 19 runs at at Wanhkede stadium, Mumbai, on Tuesday.
For Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chris Gayle top scored with 38 runs, while Virat Kohli and Pathiv Patel contributed 35 and 26 respectively.
For Mumbai Indians, Harbhajan Singh, Jaspreet Bumrah, and Lasith Malinga picked up two wickets each, while Suyal picked up wicket each. Yuvraj Singh was run-out brilliantly by Kieron Pollard.
Earlier in the innings, Mumbai Indians posted a huge total of 187/5 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their 20 allotted overs.
For Mumbai Indians, captain Rohit Sharma top scored with an impressive 59 run innings, while Kieron Pollard 43 and CM Gautam contributed 43 and 30 respectively.
For Royal Challengers Bangalore, Yajuvendra Chahal, Ashok Dinda, Varun Aaaron, and Harsh patel picked up a wicket each, while the fifth one was a run-out, but proved too expensive as Mumbai ammased a massive socre of 187/5.
Earlier at the toss, after an amazing victory over SRH thanks largely to AB de Villers master class, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s skipper Virat Kohli elected to field once again, knowing he fully he can rely on the likes of AB and Yuvraj, against Mumbai Indians. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma also he would have chosen to field.
On to the team news now, at the toss, Rohit Sharma also stated that Zaheer Khan is suffering an injury and as a result would miss the rest of the IPL season.
Zaheer, apparently, picked up a side strain on his left shoulder in Mumbai Indians’ last match against Kings XI Punjab. Pawan Suyal, who plies his trade in Dlehi in domestic cricket, was announced as Zaheer’s replacement.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers went with a same side that registered an outrageous victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous match. Kohli, who his playing his 100th IPL match tonight, explained his decision to chase by stating that the ground is one of the smaller ones in India, and couple that with fast Wankhede outfield, it will be easier to chase. This statement showed how confident RCB are on their bastman.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI 1Chris Gayle, 2 Parthiv Patel (wk), 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 Rilee Rossouw, 7 Harshal Patel, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Ashok Dinda, 10 Varun Aaron, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal