Mumbai Indians pulled a stunning victory from the jaws of Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium to not only leave the home side dry and dejected but also ruin Virat Kohli ’s comeback game.
The day was special for the RCB fans, as their beloved ‘King Virat Kohli’ marked his return on Friday. However, the so-called special day was ruined by the efforts of Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya, who staged a remarkable comeback to take their team past the victory line.
Chasing a functional target of 145/6, MI were left reeling at 7/4, as leg-spinner Samuel Badree snapped a hattrick on his IPL debut for his newest franchise. Things became worse when Rana also lost his wicket, with the team total reading 33/5.
However, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya hung around in the middle and put up 93 runs for the 6th wicket to push RCB into the loser’s pit from being at a dominating position.
“It’s not a sort game that will dishearten you too much. We can take a lot of positives. When you lose that kind of game, it hurts. Could have got a few things go our way towards the end of the game. Credit to the guys, the efforts from Samuel Badree was outstanding. Picking up four wickets, ended up on the losing side. But, that’s what T20 cricket is all about, said Virat Kohli speaking in the post-match interview.”
He also gave full credits to Mumbai Indians for pulling off such a win and admitted that the opposition simply played them out in the second half.
“All credit to Mumbai Indians. They put up an important partnership. Nothing to be taken away from the bowlers. They fought pretty hard. But in the end, as I say, it the game of small margins. Mumbai was better than us in the second half.”
“They deserved to win, they showed character and kept fighting till the end which shows the depth in their batting. They still had Bhajji to come in. So that tells about the depth they have. They are very explosive side. I reckon If we had 20 more, we could have had the result our way. But, in hindsight, 8 for 4, you expect to win games but yes hats off to Mumbai.”
“Not at all did I feel that any bowler performed badly. On a total that wasn’t probably the way we wanted it to be. But to be honest the wicket played very differently during the day and during the second half. But as I said, nothing taken away from Mumbai.”
This match was also Virat Kohli’s return from the shoulder injury. Wearing a shoulder strap, the star cricketer opened the innings for the RCB and stitched a 63-runs stand for the first wicket with a struggling Chris Gayle and ended up scoring a fine 62 off 47 deliveries.
The 28-year-old looked determined that the team will bounce back from the situation they are in at the moment.
“I was just happy to be on the field. It’s been a month since I was away from the game. It was a much-needed rest. It took the load off me. Now we are going to pull our socks up. I think we are at our best when we are in a mess. We will bounce back and pull things up.”