RCB Keep Up The Momentum With Second Comprehensive Win
RCB won the toss and elected to bowl first trusting their massive batting lineup to chase a score that the Mumbai Indians set.
RCB did not get off to the best start dropping two catches in the first two overs of the match. But they were spared the blushes when Albie Morkel cramped Michael Hussey for room and the Australian popped up an easy catch to Yuzvendra Chahal. At the end of the fielding restrictions MI had notched up 49 runs for the loss of 1 wicket.
RCB youngster Yuzvendra Chahal was then introduced into the attack by Virat Kohli and it proved to be a masterstroke as the leggie dismissed the elegant Rohit Sharma and the dangerous Kieron Pollard. By the end of the 15th over RCB had managed to restrict the Mumbai Indians to 92/4.
Mumbai then wilted under some serious pressure losing their heads while running between the wickets and some poorly selected shots. RCB’s bowlers never let go of the advantage they held and ensured they restricted the Mumbai franchise to a low score of 115/9 in 20 overs.
Mumbai dealt RCB two serious early blows with Malinga yorking Nic Maddinson and Zaheer getting the in form Virat Kohli off the second ball he faced. The very next ball, Yuvraj nicked the ball but this time Tare could not complete the catch. Zaheer again showed everyone how good a bowler he is by trapping the stylish left hander plumb in front of the stumps. RCB were limited to 30/3 at the end of the Powerplay.
AB de Villiers and Parthiv Patel then began stitching together an important partnership at a run a ball rate for Bangalore. With some good running between the wickets and finding the odd boundaries here and there they repaired the damage done early on in the innings. At the 15 over mark, RCB managed to reach 92/3 without losing any of the set batsmen, leaving them with a very good chance of beating the champions.
Having seen off Mumbai’s seam bowlers in Zaheer and with Malinga having just one over remaining, the pair managed to milk the bowling towards the end with Harbhajan and Ojha looking off-beat. Parthiv Patel put in a #SeizeTheDay performance by completing his 50 and stepping up a notch to finish the game off with 7 wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare.
RCB next play KKR on 24th April at 8 PM IST at Sharjah.