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MI v RCB: Rohit Sharma seals chase for Mumbai | VIVO IPL 2017

Mon, 1st, May 2017 |
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MI v RCB: Rohit Sharma seals chase for Mumbai | VIVO IPL 2017

Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and will bat first at the Wankhede Stadium in their clash against the Mumbai Indians. 

Shane Watson, Mandeep Singh and Aniket Choudhary came in for Samuel Badree, Sachin Baby and Stuart Binny in the playing XI. 

RCB XI: TM Head, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, S Watson, K Jadhav, M Singh, P Negi, A Milne, A Choudhary, S Arvind, Y Chahal

MI XI: P Patel, J Buttler, N Rana, RG Sharma, K Pollard, K Pandya, H Pandya, K Sharma, M McClenaghan, J Bumrah, L Malinga

Speaking at the toss, Virat Kohli said "Looks like a pretty good wicket to bat on. Day games usually it's difficult to bowl during the day. Conditions are pretty hot so we'll try to take advantage of that and put good runs on the board. This wicket is generally a good cricket wicket so whatever you're doing you have to play good cricket to win on this ground. So batting first I feel in day games gives us a bit of advantage."

On RCB's approach given that the team's chances to make the playoffs are virtually over, Kohli said "You're always learning. Even with success you're learning. With failures you learn even more. It's all about finding out the right combination and momentum. Unfortunately we haven't been able to find that in this tournament but we would like to make the most of whatever games are left for us, not with the intention of spoiling someone else's party but just to play to our potential and see what we can do as cricketers and what we have done in the past. It's always a learning curve in this tournament."

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Mandeep Singh made a determined if scratchy start coming in as Virat Kohli's opening partner. He was the early aggressor, taking on Mitchell McClenaghan in the first over and then Lasith Malinga, crossing 1000 runs in the VIVO IPL. Kohli took his time to get going before he did with a lofted on drive against Karn Sharma that sailed all the way for six. Mandeep Singh fell trying to slog sweep the leggie in the very same over, holing out to Hardik Pandya at deep midwicket.

The skipper anticipated a Bumrah slower one beautifully to hit it for a six but failed to read one from McClenaghan and chipped an easy catch to Rohit Sharma at midwicket, leaving RCB 40/2 within the powerplay yet again.

AB de Villiers showed intention very early, taking back to back boundaries off McClenaghan in his first over. Krunal Pandya was immediately brought in to take AB but after one quiet over, the RCB batsman hit out with a four and a six off the southpaw. Pandya struck in his third over when Travis Head tried to pull him for six, finding only the other Pandya brother at deep midwicket to leave RCB 87/3 after 11 overs. Pandya finally got his man in his last over, right after conceding a big six over square leg. An attempted sweep from AB only found the top edge and Bumrah caught it at leg gully. He made 43 off 27b with 3 sixes and fours each.

Shane Watson joined Kedar Jadhav, who had started with a lofted straight four off Karn, in the middle. He did not stay long, missing a straight one from Jasprit Bumrah to depart for 3, leaving RCB 108/5. Jadhav and Pawan Negi played two cautious overs before Jadhav began the slogging with a four off Bumrah. RCB's next three boundaries were all sixes hit by Negi, two off Malinga and the third off Bumrah but he fell in the last over off McClenaghan right after smoking a furious straight four. Kedar Jadhav's forehand smash to a shorter delivery next ball found Pollard again at long off and though Adam Milne survived the hattrick ball, Sreenath Aravind was run out attempting to steal a bye to limit RCB's total to 162/8.

Pawan Negi chipped in 35 (23b 1x4 3x6) and Kedar Jadhav made 28 (22b 2x4 0x6) and their sixth wicket partnership off just 6 overs fetched 54 runs for RCB. 

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Aniket Choudhary and Yuzvendra Chahal combined to give RCB the perfect start as Parthiv Patel pulled a short ball which Chahal dove and caught beautifully at short midwicket. Nitish Rana and Jos Buttler made the most of luck going their way as a few chances fell just short of fielders - whether Aravind at backward square leg or Choudhary at third man and again at short fine leg. The duo found regular boundaries, taking runs off Milne, Aravind and Chahal to put Mumbai at 55/1 at the end of the powerplay.

Watson came into the attack with a tight over and Negi's introduction with the next over fetched the wicket of Buttler who chipped a tame catch to Kohli at extra cover. Rohit Sharma spoilt a good Watson over by taking a boundary off it but RCB struck back as Travis Head took a great catch at deep midwicket ropes to send back Rana in Negi's second over.

Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard were at ease against the pacers but found it harder to score off the spinners. Negi slipped in another quiet over before Chahal had Pollard out caught at deep midwicket, again by Travis Head. Krunal Pandya looked in utter discomfort when he walked in, having injured himself while fielding and retired hurt soon to bring Karn Sharma in. Negi finished with fantastic figures of 2/17 from his four overs.

The Mumbai captain looked ominous, playing exquisite shots to get boundaries off Choudhary and Watson but the Australian brought all his experience into play to have Karn hole out to Milne at deep square leg and keep the defense alive, bringing in the dangerous Hardik Pandya. Choudhary brought in his variations to keep Rohit and Hardik from finding a boundary till the last ball which Hardik sent flying for six, reducing the equation to 18 required off 2 overs. Rohit picked a slower delivery from Aravind in the penultimate over and hit it for six over square leg. The rest of the over was milked for singles, Rohit bringing up his 50 off the last ball and leaving 7 to get off the last over. 

Hardik and Rohit took it to 2 off the last 2 balls after which the skipper crashed a four through extra cover to seal a 5 wicket win for the Mumbai Indians. 

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