Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore locked horn in the 14th match of the season at the Wankhede Stadium.
After 3 losses in the first 4 games, Mumbai Indians were languishing at the seventh position in the league table while Royal Challengers Bangalore’s defeat to Delhi Daredevils showed the world that despite having a cluster of stars in the team, Kohli’s men cannot claim to be
Mumbai Indians’ captain Rohit Sharma elected to bowl first after winning the toss. RCB were going great guns before Krunal Pandya dismissed AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in one over. In the end, RCB could manage only 170.
Chasing 170, Mumbai Indians got off to a poor start when they lost opener Parthiv Patel with only 6 on the board. But a 76 runs partnership between Rohit and Rayudu steadied the ship. Pollard and Butler played useful innings down the order to take their team past the finishing line.
1.Rohit Sharma: 3.5/5
Scored a good fifty and shared a 76 run partnership for the second wicket with Ambati Rayudu, but threw away his wicket at a very crucial juncture.
2. Parthiv Patel: 0.5/5
Played a poor shot to get out cheaply. The left-hander tried to pull Kane Richardson but only managed to top-edge it to point.
3. Ambati Rayudu: 2.5/5
Shared an important partnership with captain Rohit Sharma after the early dismissal of Patel. Looked at ease against the bowlers but threw away his wicket when everybody was expecting him to shift gears.
4.Jos Butler: 3.5/5
Came in a tricky situation but played a useful cameo to take Mumbai Indians to a comfortable position.
5. Kieron Pollard: 4/5
Played a blinder, in the end, to take Mumbai Indians home quite comfortably.
6. Hardik Pandya: 1/5
Did not get much to do in batting and had an average outing with the bowl.
7.Krunal Pandya: 3.5/5
Bowled beautifully against a powerful batting line-up. Dismissed the dangerous looking de Villiers and Kohli in the same over to derail RCB’s innings.
8.Harbhajan Singh: 1/5
Did not have a good day with the bowl. Bowled only two overs and conceded 20 runs.
9.Tim Southee: 2.5/5
Bowled an economical spell of four overs. Conceded only 25 runs on a good batting track.
10. Mitchell McClenaghan: 1/5
Was very expensive. Bowled a good first over by conceding only 1 run in the first over but conceded 45 in the next three.
11.Jasprit Bumrah: 3/5
Took three wickets and bowled a good last over to restrict RCB’s score to 170.