Krunal Pandya is awarded the Man of the Match for his superb spell
Krunal Pandya is awarded the Man of the Match for his superb spell
Mumbai's hopes still alive and kicking this IPL season, Bangalore's ready for burial...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 11, 2016
Mumbai Indians win by 6 wickets!
Jos Butler and Kieron Pollard finish things off in style and in the end ease to a six wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The win was set-up in the first ten overs in the RCB innings when some disciplined bowling restricted the mighty RCB batting. Despite KL Rahul's heroics, 152 was never going to be enough. Overcoming some hick-ups, Mumbai Indians chased down the target with nine balls to spare
BUTLER is caught, but its a NO BALL from Aaron! Its a free hit and Mumbai Indians need six runs to win
Another big over! Consecutive sixes from Buttler leaves Mumbai Indians needing just 10 runs from the last two overs. Should be easy from here for the men from Mumbai
After 17 overs,Mumbai 126/4 ( Kieron Pollard 31 , Jos Buttler 8)
Kieron Pollard has just smashed 18 runs off a Shane Watson over to swing the pendulum right back in Mumbai Indians' favour. RCB must get rid off the big West Indian to have any chance of winning this contest. And they must do it soon
Pollard keeping Mumbai Indians in it with his big hits. His latest six was the 400th one of his career
What superb catches by Binny and ABD! Keeps Bangalore in the hunt and Mumbai on tenterhooks— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 11, 2016
OUT! What a catch! AT Rayudu c de Villiers b Aaron 44 (47b 2x4 2x6)
Big wicket for RCB. AB De Villers with a truly stunning catch at long-on. It is said that catches win matches and this could be the latest testimony to the age-old saying
After 15 overs,Mumbai 97/3 ( Ambati Rayudu 44 , Kieron Pollard 14)
Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard have taken the attack to the RCB bowlers.
OUT! N Rana c Binny b Chahal 9 (11b 0x4 1x6)
What a catch from Binny! Great athleticism on the boundary line to see the back of Rana. Royal Challengers Bangalore have made a game of this and are making it difficult for the Mumbai Indians by picking up regular wickets
After 11 overs,Mumbai 63/2 ( Ambati Rayudu 33 , Nitish Rana 1)
The home side have managed to pull it back a bit with Rohit Sharma's wicket. Mumbai's middle-order has struggled in the IPL so far. Ambati Rayudu holds the key for the Mumbai Indians. Royal Challengers Bangalore need to pick up wickets at regular intervals
OUT! RG Sharma c de Villiers b Aaron 25 (24b 3x4 0x6)
Big wicket for RCB as skipper Rohit Sharma is caught at long on. The Chinnaswamy stadium has found its voice again. Debutant Nitish Rana is at the crease
50-run stand for Rohit and Rayudu! Important partnership for Mumbai Indians in the context of the game. Doing the job at the moment.
After 6 overs,Mumbai 39/1 ( Rohit Sharma (C) 13 , Ambati Rayudu 23)
Rayudu and Rohit Sharma have quietly gone about the job in the powerplay and settled the Bengaluru crowd down, who became increasingly vocal after Parthiv Patel's early wicket. The Mumbai duo have kept the required run-rate in check. This is the testing time for Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack that has lacked a bite all tournament long.
After 4 overs,Mumbai 23/1 ( Rohit Sharma (C) 12 , Ambati Rayudu 8)
Good responce from the Royal Challengers bowling attack. After getting Parthiv Patel early, they haven't let Mumbai Indians to get away. Rohit Sharma too has been cautious and looks to have put a price on his wicket.
OUT! PA Patel c Watson b Aravind 1 (2b 0x4 0x6)
Early breakthrough for RCB! Parthiv Patel goes after edging it to slops. No footwork from the Mumbai Indians wicket-keeper. Aravind strikes for the home side
If Bangalore get past 150, they'll sniff a chance...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 11, 2016
After 20 overs,Bangalore 151/4 ( Lokesh Rahul (W) 68 , Sachin Baby 25)
Brilliant innings from KL Rahul to dig RCB out of trouble. Sachin Baby's late cameo came in handy as well as the hosts have given themselves a chance on this Bengaluru wicket that is slightly on the slower side. But credit to the Mumbai Indians who came out with a plan and executed in perfectly apart from that 23-run over from Pollard.
BANG! BANG! Sachin Baby smahses Pollard all over the park to score 23 runs of the over. RCB in with a great chance of posting a 150+ score
After 16 overs,Bangalore 101/4 ( Lokesh Rahul (W) 49 , Sachin Baby 0)
KL Rahul is fighting a lone battle, but that has RCB in with a slight chance of posting a score of 150, which would be competitive one on this wicket.
OUT! SR Watson run out 15 (14b 1x4 1x6)
Brilliant from the captain. Rohit Sharma is quick onto the ball and fires it onto the stumps. Watson is not even in the frame. Just when RCB look to get away, Mumbai Indians pick up a wicket
BIG OVER for RCB! KL Rahul cuts loose and scores 15 runs in the McClenaghan over. Much needed for RCB. RCB 91/3 after 15 overs
After 13 overs,Bangalore 69/3 (Lokesh Rahul (W) 28 , Shane Watson 4)
Royal Challengers Bangalore are in a spot of bother in Bengaluru. Mumbai Indians spinners, especially Krunal Pandya has put breaks on the RCb batsman who have struggled on this pitch, that is on the slower side.
Even allowing for pitch that has something in it for slow bowlers, Bangalore need approx 160 to test Mumbai. With Big 3 gone, looks tough— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 11, 2016
OUT! Krunal Pandya strikes! AB de Villiers c Rayudu b Pandya 24 (27b 1x4 1x6)
De Villiers top-edges Krunal Pandya delivery as Ambati Rayudu takes a simple catch at mid-wikcet
After 10 overs,Bangalore 60/2 ( AB de Villiers 24 , Lokesh Rahul (W) 23)
De Villiers and KL Rahul seem to be steadying the RCB ship after the two early blows. But the wicket looks slower than what Virat Kohli thought of it
it, looking at his assessment of the wicket during the toss. It will be really interesting to see how RCB re-assess their target after learning about the wicket. Would a 150 be a good score on this wicket?
DROPPED! AB De Villers is a lucky man as the ball just drops out of Harbhajan Singh's left hand who makes a brilliant effort to catch a leading edge from the South African of his own bowling
After 6 overs,Bangalore 25/2 ( AB de Villiers 10 , Lokesh Rahul (W) 2)
Unbelievable effort from the Mumbai Indians to restrict the Royal Challengers Bangalore to just 25 runs in the powerplay at Bengaluru. But this isn't the regular Bengaluru pitch and is slightly on the slower side. But take nothing away from the discipline shown from the Mumbai Indians who seem to be really up for it after their shocking defeat against the Sunrisers Hyderabad
After 4 overs,Bangalore 17/2 ( AB de Villiers 4 , Lokesh Rahul (W) 0)
Great start for Mumbai Indians. Southee and McClenaghan have got rid off both the RCB openers. For the first time this season, the RCB batting is on the back foot here. Credit must go to Rohit Sharma for attacking the two dangerous openers and Mumbai have reaped rewards
OUT! Gayle departs! C Gayle c Sharma b Southee 5 (6b 1x4 0x6)
Another huge wicket for Mumbai Indians. Chris Gayle tries to smash Southee out of the park but only manages to find long off
OUT! Massive wicket for Mumbai Indians! V Kohli c Harbhajan Singh b McClenaghan 7 (7b 0x4 1x6)
McClenaghan strikes with the first bal. Kohli tries to flirt with a delivery going away from him as is caught at short third man. Mumbai Indians celebrate as if they won the game. Perhaps they might just have
SIX! Kohli goes big! After middling the ball for the first four deliveries, Kohli is away with a maximum. Rohit Sharma must be a worried man looking hearing the sweet sound thats coming off Virat's bat
Tim Southee will open the bowling for Mumbai Indians
Fasten your seat belts, gentlemen! Its Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle opening the innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore
Storm before the storm! With Chris Gayle there is no room for calm
Gayle has created a storm even before taking the field on his return to the side. Spectators ecstatic...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 11, 2016
RCB XI: C Gayle, L Rahul, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, S Watson, S Baby, S Binny, C Jordan, S Aravind, V Aaron, Y Chahal
MI XI: Sharma (c), Patel (wk), Rayudu, Pandya, Rana, Buttler, Pollard, Singh, Southee, McClenaghan, Bumrah
Preview: Having won two matches in a row, a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will aim to maintain their winning momentum when they face Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Wednesday.
The hosts staged a superb comeback after losing three consecutive matches with back to back wins against Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab. The home side will once again bank on their batting prowess led by Virat Kohli and South African veteran AB de Villiers to tackle the Mumbai bowling led by New Zealander Mitchell McCleneghan and Jasprit Bumrah.
With 561 runs in the tournament so far, including two centuries and four half tons, Kohli has been the cornerstone of RCB's batting while his new opening partner Lokesh Rahul has been a revelation at the top of the order.
Bangalore probably boasts of having the strongest middle order in the tournament, comprising de Villiers and Australian Shane Watson, and Chris Gayle warming the bench. The Proteas dasher's 35-ball 64 guided the team to a competitive 175 against Punjab on Monday.
The home side, however, needs to focus on their bowling which has failed to defend 180-plus scores in most of the matches. Apart from Watson and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, the trio of Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron and Chris Jordan have all leaked runs.
Currently lying at a lowly sixth position in the points table, a win will be crucial for the Virat Kohli-led side to keep their hopes of making the IPL play-offs alive.
On the other hand, fifth placed Mumbai will be hoping to bounce back after the humiliating loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous encounter.
The visitors would want to put behind their nightmarish 85-run loss in their previous outing and hope for the opening combo of Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel to fire. Both Rohit and Parthiv have been in good nick individually but failed to put up a decent opening stand so far in the tournament.
The last time the two teams met, Mumbai had defeated Bangalore, and the Rohit Sharma-led side would hope to repeat the feat.
Apart from Rohit and Parthiv, the middle order comprising Ambati Rayudu, Keiron Pollard and all-round duo of Krunal and Hardik Pandya are also expected to come good.
Mumbai's bowling largely centres around Kiwi McClenaghan, who with 14 wickets so far is third in the top-wicket takers' list while Bumrah and Tim Southee have taken 11 and seven wickets, respectively to be the next best bowlers.
Veteran Harbhajan Singh, who leads the spin bowling department along with Krunal, will however have to put on an improved performance if they aim to contain the in-form RCB batting line-up on Wednesday.
Published Date: May 11, 2016 11:40 pm | Updated Date: May 11, 2016 11:54 pm
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