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MI prevail with 5 wicket win

MI prevail with 5 wicket win

The Mumbai Indians edged the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets in a tense finish at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday evening.

Ambati Rayudu (81*) and Kieron Pollard (52*) helped MI put behind their poor start to undo the sensational innings Mayank Agarwal (61*) had posted for RCB earlier in the day.

Chris Gayle hit a six and then inside edged a ball to his stumps when the game finally began after rain interruptions. Virat Kohli was run out after a mix up and a stumble and soon RCB were 11/2. A 10 ball 6th over from Munaf with four consecutive free hits saw the pressure lift temporarily. Promoted to no. 4, Saurabh Tiwary (21) showed signs of a great knock when he did himself in with a hit wicket dismissal. Just when RCB were beginning to launch an offensive, AB de Villiers (14) was done in by a slower ball from Malinga, the score 87/4 in 11.3 overs.

All the while Tillakaratne Dilshan anchored the innings at the other end but found it hard to break free. Mayank Agarwal made sure he didn’t give away his wicket and helped take the pressure off Sri Lankan but a missed full toss saw Dilshan being bowled with RCB on 133/5 in the 17th over. Agarwal though took RCB to 171/6 with a dazzling counter-attack, reading and playing Malinga beautifully to take 13 off the penultimate over.

The next over saw Munaf Patel being carted all over the ground as Mayank brought up his 50 off just 26 balls. He picked his gaps brilliantly and struck the ball powerfully when he could, hitting two 6s and two 4s off the over, taking 24 off it to take RCB to 171/6, at least 20 more than what they would have settled for two overs ago.

In the fourth over of the chase, MI were reduced to 19/3 with Sachin Tendulkar, Herschelle Gibbs and Rohit Sharma back in the hut. Tendulkar drove Zaheer Khan straight into the hands of Kohli off the first ball he faced, Gibbs was beaten by a superb throw from KP Appanna in the deep while and run out going for a 3rd run and Vinay Kumar hung on to a hard hit return catch from Rohit Sharma.

Muttiah Muralitharan and Harshal Patel removed Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Smith in the 8th and 9th over respectively as MI were reduced to 51/5. Rayudu and Pollard however signaled their intention by hitting 19 off Appanna when he was introduced. A failure in one of the light towers held up play for a good 15 minutes and gave them time to strategize. Gayle replaced Appanna and was promptly hit for 25 in his two overs while Murali finished with 1/16 at the other end.

With 57 needed off 4 overs, Zaheer and Vinay returned but couldn’t get the yorkers right. Rayudu, already on 50 by the time seized his opportunity and used the depth of the crease to convert yorkers into full tosses to take 34 off overs 17 and 18. Zaheer was better in the 19th over but unluckily had an edge run away to third man boundary.

Chris Gayle returned to bowl the 20th over with 14 to defend but Pollard had no problem putting him away for a six and two fours, bringing up his 50 and the winning runs for Mumbai Indians.

The loss considerably toughens RCB’s path to the playoffs but it is still possible given that they catch up on NRR. Luck may also be needed with other results but they will be best placed to make use of it only if they win their two remaining fixtures, both away against DD and DC.

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THIS IS WHY RCB WILL NOT REACH THE KNOCK OUT STAGE, THE MANAGEMENT CANNOT SELECTOR A PROPER TEAM!!! KOHLI SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING, ZAHEER SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING, VINAY SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING, PATEL SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING. PATEL BOWL WITHOUT SENSE, HE KEEPS ON BOLWING SHORT EVEN WHEN HE GET A WICKET BY PITCHING THE BALL UP, HE DOES NOT BOWL WITH ANY THOUGH. RCB PROBLEMS ARE WITH BOWLERS AND MANAGEMENT. ALTHOUGH I LOVE RCB, I HOPE GALE LEAVES RCB FOR A DIFFERENT TEAM WITH GOOD MANAGEMENT AND DON'T WASTE THE RUNS HE IS MAKING
billy-joe on 17 May 2012, 02:38 AM
kohli seems to be in too much of hurry....he has to bat with cool mind...
sameer-joseph on 16 May 2012, 09:07 PM
@UBWinners, nice thoughts...but what is ur opinion on my last post ?
sameer-joseph on 16 May 2012, 08:54 PM
1)RCB is wasting AB Devilliers batting 2) dilshan is scoring OK 40s,50s run a ball and not so gud with bowl. 3) RCB fell short of another bowler many times...4) mayank coming gud with bat. So, considering above 4 points why not use AB,Mayank more up in order and drop Dilshan to make space for good all rounder McDonald at least on flat batting pitches where u need medium pacer ??? dilshan is a gr8 cricketer, everyone knows but. he doesn't give right balance to the team. Anyways Tiwari hits the ball hard and gets 1 runs, why not use him in first 6 overs of power play to maximise his hitting by using him as opener ????
sameer-joseph on 16 May 2012, 08:51 PM
just praying for win thats it ! :(
rathanrcb on 16 May 2012, 07:51 PM
pls bring Nanned instead of Dilshan. Kaif is a brilliant fielder, don't waste a player like him.
akhil1 on 16 May 2012, 06:43 PM
Everybody listen!!!!!!, We are not struggling with the 5th bowler but our selection and captaincy was so poor.First of all, They shouldn't have played Appanna on a small ground which doesn't assist the spinners at all. Syed mohammed should have played in his place. Secondly, Kohli shouldn't have delayed in bringing appanna till the 11th over when Pollard was gearing up.5th bowler, RCB struggles to defend totals in bangalore bcoz of the ground size and the pitch deosn't assist the bowkers at all. So, They should bring Gayle at the 5th over and try to complete his quota of overs by 11overs. Murali should bowl only 1over till the 10th over. So, Vinay,Harshal,Zaheer and Murali can bowl the nex 10overs. I don't see a challenge playing in other grounds but in bangalore which becomes very difficult to defend.And, They have to play the all-round syed Mohammed in place of Appanna to avoid any batting collapse. We have a long tail without the seventh batsman which might be exploited in Delhi. After all, Vinay and Zaheer should learn to bowl yorkers at the death overs. I mean, if you can't defend 42runs in 2overs against chennai and 42 runs against mumbai in 3overs, What is the equation both zaheer and vinay can bowl in the last 3 or 4overs?????????????????Yorkers would do the trick and team management cannot act stupid as they have been throughout this IPL in selection.
UBWinners on 16 May 2012, 06:39 PM
RCB is struggling with 5th bowler........so better to complete his bowling quota in between 6th over to 15th over......and give the bowl to muttaih muralidaran at the last overs.......It may HELPFUL for RCB..............
sainath1 on 16 May 2012, 06:22 PM
We should bring Vettori back - Economy 6.74 or McDonald econ 6.10Drop Tiwary has only got 161 runs in 13 matches?? highest 36 at least Dilshan has 271 runs in 8 matches, highest 76Lets hope we can win the next two matches with a god NRR so that we can stay in the competition.
Ollie on 16 May 2012, 05:00 PM
THIS IS JUST STEER STUPIDITY. TEAM MANAGEMENT COULD NOT TAKE DECISION ON TEAM SELECTION EVEN AFTER 6 DEFEATS. I HAVE BEEN MENTIONING FROM THE BEGINNING TO PLAY WITH VETTORI AND MURALI AND TO DROP DILSHAN. WHAT WE NEED IS A QUALITY BOWLING ATTACK TO HAVE A BALANCE. DILSHAN PLAYED A COUPLE OF MATCH WINNING INNIGS NO DOUBT. BUT DONT FORGET WE LOST 4 MATCHES WITHOUT A GOOD BOWLING ATTACK. ZAHEER,VETTORI,MURALI WITH TONS OF EXPERIENCE MAKE A GOOD BOWLING ATTACK.TEAM MANAGEMENT AND PLAYERS JUST COOL THEM SELVES AFTTER A WIN OR A DEFEAT BOOZING..WE SCRATCH OUR HEADS LIKE FOOLSSSSSS. JUST PATHETIC.
srk0106 on 16 May 2012, 03:42 PM
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