A Fiery Encounter Finishes In An MI Win
Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs at the Wankhede on Wednesday night in a feisty encounter.
Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bowl first at the Mumbai Indians’ home ground, having a formidable batting line-up to chase down the targets. Mumbai got off to a flying start with Ben Dunk and CM Gautam scoring 25 runs off the first 3 overs. With Ben Dunk’s wicket falling in the next over, Mumbai were still in a decent position after 6 overs at 50/1.
Dinda broke through Rayudu’s defenses in the 8th over and Aaron picked up Gautam in the next over. Anderson seemed to take a liking to Chahal, as he hit him for a six, but Chahal got right back at him by dismissing him on the very next ball. With Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard at the crease, MI finally got the partnership that they were longing for. Playing some smart cricket, Rohit and Pollard brought the stability back to the innings. After 15 overs, MI were sitting at 119/4.
In the 17th over, controversy took centre stage as Starc and Pollard had an altercation. Starc had some words for Pollard after bowling a well directed bouncer. On the next ball, Pollard pulled out just before Starc delivered the ball and Starc threw the ball right at Pollard. Pollard, not one to back down threatened to throw the bat at Starc. Things got really intense before the other players and umpires intervened. Things got back to normal and the game went on again as Rohit smashed Aaron for 19 runs of the 19th over and got his half century. The last over was bowled by Starc and MI finished at a fantastic 187/5 in 20 overs.
RCB started the chase in real style as Parthiv and Gayle exploited the powerplay overs. Pawan Suyal was taken to the cleaners in his 2nd over by Chris Gayle who scored 28 off the over. In the 6th over Harbhajan rattled the stumps to dismiss Parthiv Patel and RCB were poised at 64/1 after 6 overs.
Gayle was cutting loose to do what he does best - score huge runs. But Harbhajan had other ideas as he rattled the woodwork once again to claim Gayle’s wicket. AB de Villiers was promoted but the plan did not quite work out as he lost his stumps while looking to lap sweep Bumrah. Virat Kohli was looking good too until he gave away a catch to Anderson off the bowling of Pawan Suyal. With Yuvraj and Rossouw at the crease, things were starting to get tough for RCB now. After 15 overs, they were in a tough spot at 125/4.
Pollard brought his footballing skills to the fore when he kicked the ball on to the stumps to run Yuvraj Singh out. There was too much to do at this stage for Rilee Rossouw and the tail of the batting order. Malinga dismissed Starc in the 17th over and Bumrah cleaned up Harshal Patel in the next over. Malinga took another wicket when under pressure Rossouw was caught at cover. Pollard bowled a good last over to finish the match. In the end MI kept their calm to survive the initial onslaught and won by a comfortable margin of 19 runs.