Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore just a few moments ago. It was an excellent display by Mumbai Indians bowlers to restrict Royal Challengers batting line up to 151 and Mumbai Indians despite struggling won the match with ease.
- Two quick wickets halted RCB progress
Mumbai Indians won the toss and choose to field. Royal Challengers Bangalore brought in Chris Gayle for Travis Head. Virat Kohli began the innings with a six in the first over while in the next over he tried to steer the ball and was caught by Harbhajan Singh. Chris Gayle was too dismissed in the 4th over which put RCB on the backfoot. At the end of the first six overs, RCB only scored 25 for 2 which were lowest for a power-packed team. Mumbai Indians bowled brilliant line and length dismissing two top quality batsmen.
- KL Rahul continued to impress
KL Rahul came to the crease at the fall of Gayle wicket. He and AB De Villiers stitched an important partnership of 43 runs for the third wicket. After the fall of De Villiers wicket, KL Rahul twisted his ankle in the 12th over but continued to play. KL Rahul played excellent strokes for sixes. From the 16th over onwards KL Rahul took the attack to the bowlers and completed his half-century off 42 balls. He raised the fourth half-century of the tournament and remained not out on 68 off 53 balls.
- Sachin Baby and KL Rahul quick fire partnership
Shane Watson was dismissed in the 16th over when RCB was struggling at 98 for 4. Sachin Baby and KL Rahul played brilliant strokes to put pressure on Mumbai Indians bowlers. In the 17th over KL Rahul and Sachin Baby smashed 23 runs off Pollard bowling. Sachin Baby showed the power and KL Rahul stayed till the end of the innings and helped Royal Challengers Bangalore to a respectable total of 151 for 4 which looked impossible at the half way stage. Both of them put on 53 in 4.3 overs.
- Partnership between Rohit Sharma and Rayadu
Chasing a target of 152, Mumbai Indians lost an early wicket of Parthiv in the second over. Rohit Sharma and Rayadu steadied the innings with brilliant shots from Rayadu and Rohit Sharma also. Rayadu hit brilliant sixes and put pressure back on Royal Challengers bowlers. Both of them put on 56 runs for the second wicket which steadied the Mumbai Indians innings. Rayadu was the most aggressive partner in the partnership. Rohit Sharma tried to hit a big stroke and was dismissed for a low total.
- Pollard and Buttler completing the job
In the 16th over Mumbai Indians lost the fourth wicket Rayadu. At that time, Mumbai Indians required 54 runs. Pollard trashed 2 fours and six off Watson to reduce the run rate down. Buttler joined the party with two sixes off Jordan bowling. Pollard scored 33 runs while Jos Buttler scored the winning runs and remained not out on 22 off 8 balls. Mumbai Indians won the match by 6 wickets.
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