Super Vinay gives RCB thrilling win in season opener
Vinay Kumar bowled a superb last over to give Royal Challengers Bangalore a slender 2 run win against Mumbai Indians in their IPL 6 opener at Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday night.
Ricky Ponting won the toss for MI and chose to bowl first on the green wicket. Mitchell Johnson (1/15) began with a superb over, extracting great swing in his first over which went for just 1 run before returning to bowl Tillakaratne Dilshan in the third over.
Virat Kohli was assured in his stay at the crease, making an aggressive 24 (14b, 4x4, 1x6) before he was LBW to MI’s surprise pick Jasprit Bumrah. Mayank Agarwal followed soon, smashing a good length delivery straight into Sachin Tendulkar’s hands at mid-off to give Bumrah a second wicket.
Daniel Christian hung around to add 44 for the 4th wicket with Chris Gayle. Having played himself in, the Jamaican went from 6 off 14b to 39 off 30b in that partnership. Christian holed out to midwicket while trying to accelerate. On IPL debut, Karun Nair failed to make a big mark and was LBW to Bumrah (3/32), leaving RCB stuttering at 80/5 in the 13th over.
Gayle just needed one of the RCB batsmen to stick around at the other end and Arun Karthik provided that support. Gayle was in discomfort since a collision with Harbhajan (1/21) earlier and with his single stealing ability curtailed, he decided to stand and deliver. He reached 50 off 38b and proceeded to race to 92* off 58b (11x4, 5x6). Arun Karthik made 19 off 19b with three fours, adding an unbeaten 77 off 44b with Gayle for the 6th wicket as RCB posted a respectable 157/5 in their 20 overs.
Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar opened the batting for Mumbai. After a watchful start, the pair were beginning to hit their stride when Sachin was run out after a mix up. A well set Ponting was the next to be dismissed, superbly stumped by Arun Karthik for 28. Rohit Sharma promised much before he was bowled by Vinay Kumar. Dinesh Karthik changed the game for Mumbai in an over from Daniel Christian which went for 24. He punished Muralitharan next, bringing up his 50 off just 31 deliveries.
Jaydev Unadkat had started the defense well and returned to bowl a tight penultimate over. Dinesh Karthik survived a run out chance and received a Mankading warning from Unadkat who conceded just 7 off the over, leaving Mumbai to get 9 off the last over.
Vinay Kumar missed a chance to run Ambati Rayudu out while the batsmen stole run off a bye off the first ball. Dinesh Karthik’s almighty swipe at the next delivery took the top edge, ballooned high and was safely taken by Mayank Agarwal running in from deep midwicket. Karthik had made 60 off just 37b (3x4, 4x6).
MI needed 9 off 4 balls after that, but Vinay bowled Ambati Rayudu off the next ball to change the equation to 9 off 3. When Kieron Pollard finally faced his first ball of the match, MI needed 8 off 2. Vinay’s attempted yorker came out as a full toss and Pollard's hit seemed to have landed it the on the ropes for a six but the umpires signalled a four first after reviewing a couple of replays. Vinay found the length with the last delivery, a yorker that Pollard could only manage to drill to long on for a single. On 154/5, they fell 2 short of the target to give RCB their first win against Mumbai at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Vinay finished with figures of 3/27 and Chris Gayle was the Man of the Match for RCB, both important contributions coming in a game in which RCB were missing 2 first choice players in Zaheer Khan and AB de Villiers.