RCB vs MI: Royal Challengers Bangalore won by seven wickets over Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League match played in Pune, thanks to two wickets each from Wanindu Hasaranga and Harshal Patel, and a precise batting display. In the 19th over, RCB chased down the 152-run mark.
RCB vs MI: What was the turning point in the game?
MI was in a good position at 49/0 after six overs. Rohit Sharma, in particular, seemed in terrific form, executing drives, punches, sweeps, and flicks with ease. The first turning point occurred when Rohit spooned a catch back to Harshal in the seventh over. Hasaranga got in on the act by putting googlies in front of Dewald Brevis and Kieran Pollard. Pollard accepted the review, but it was in vain. In the meantime, Ishan Kishan rocketed Akash Deep to the third-base fielder, while Tilak Varma was run out by Glenn Maxwell on a beautiful under-arm throw. MI was already in serious danger at 62 for 5 in the 11th over.
RCB vs MI: Suryakumar Yadav shines brightly among the wreckage.
MI were 79 for 6 in the 14th over when Ramandeep Singh fell. There was a danger that MI would not bat out their quota of overs at that point. Suryakumar, on the other hand, gave the MI side something to rejoice about with a blistering 37-ball undefeated 68. Suryakumar’s innings were made much more significant by the fact that Jaydev Unadkat only contributed 13 runs in a 72-run stand.
While facing the left-arm spinner, he swept both Hasaranga and Shahbaz Ahmed and skipped down the deck. He then thumped Mohammed Siraj for three sixes, taking a significant toll on his bowling. The way he hammered one of them was the greatest of those three shots.
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RCB vs MI: The finishing touches are provided by Rawat and Kohli.
RCB started cautiously on a slightly two-paced pitch, losing Faf du Plessis with the score at 50 for 1 after 8.1 overs. MI would have wanted to make greater inroads at that point and put some pressure on RCB’s batting unit. But it wasn’t meant to be. With an alliance of 80, Kohli and Rawat effectively ended MI’s chances.
In the 11th over, the two played fluently against Murugan Ashwin, scoring a boundary each.
In the 12th over, Kohli and Rawat hit high gear against Basil Thampi, whipping and cutting the spinner for two boundaries and a six. To make matters worse, Brevis fumbled a catch that allowed Kohli to avoid Thampi. Rawat’s innings were brought to a close by Ramandeep’s powerful shot from deep midwicket.
Virat Kohli was removed LBW by Brevis with only eight runs needed to reach the finish line. Kohli did request a review, and while replays appeared to show an inside edge, the on-field decision was not overturned. Kohli had to return to the pavilion, irritated. With a couple of boundaries, Maxwell eventually led the side home.
RCB vs MI: Brief scores
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 151/6 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 68*; Harshal Patel 2-23, Wanindu Hasaranga 2-28) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 152/3 in 18.3 overs (Anuj Rawat 66; Dewald Brevis 1-8) by 7 wickets.