IPL 2016, MI vs RCB as it happened: Rohit, Pollard power MI to six wicket win

Catch the live updates of the 14th match of the ongoing IPL 2016 between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday.

Jigar Mehta April 20, 2016 23:46:21 IST
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IPL 2016, MI vs RCB as it happened: Rohit, Pollard power MI to six wicket win


Apr 20, 2016 - 23:42 (IST)

Rohit Sharma is named the Man of the Match

Apr 20, 2016 - 23:36 (IST)

Apr 20, 2016 - 23:34 (IST)

Apr 20, 2016 - 23:33 (IST)

Mumbai Indians win by 6 wickets!

Thumping win. Pollard lets up a roar punching his fist in the air. He swings and gets an outside edge to third man for a streaky four to hit the winning runs. Mumbai Indians dealt in sixes in the end. Buttler, at first, hit two off Abdulla, one over long on and then the second one through the same region again before getting out on the next ball. Pollard then got into the act, lofting Richardson over long off and then pulling one over deep square leg for consecutive sixes. He got stuck into Watson with a heave over deep square leg for another six. 5 sixes and one four in the last three overs.

Apr 20, 2016 - 23:21 (IST)

Apr 20, 2016 - 23:21 (IST)

Apr 20, 2016 - 23:20 (IST)

OUT! Abdulla hits back hard. JC Buttler c Watson b Iqbal Abdulla 28 (14b 2x4 2x6) 

Buttler hit Abdulla for consecutive sixes, goes for the third, gets an outside edge to backward point for an easy catch.

Hardik Pandya is the new batsman.

Apr 20, 2016 - 23:17 (IST)

After 15 overs,Mumbai 128/3 ( Jos Buttler 16 , Kieron Pollard 12)

Despite Rohit's wicket, MI haven't let the run rate drop. Rohit hit Abdulla for a huge six over deep mid-wicket and then whipped one through wide long on for four before heading back to pavilion off the last ball of the over. Aaron bowled a tight over up next, giving away just 6. Pollard and Buttler then launched into Watson with three fours in the over, Pollard with a couple of pulls and Buttler cutting one through point. 31 runs and 2 wickets in the last three overs.

Apr 20, 2016 - 23:06 (IST)

Apr 20, 2016 - 23:05 (IST)

PREVIEW: Under-confident Mumbai Indians (MI) will aim to get back to winning ways when they come up against an explosive batting power of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

After getting off to a losing start to their campaign against Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), defending champions Mumbai came back strongly with a thumping win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), but suffered two consecutive loses against Gujarat Lions (GL) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to have them tottering in the seventh position in the points table with just two points from four games.

Failure to get their team combination right has resulted in a series of losses for Mumbai.

On the other hand, the Virat Kohli-led Bangalore have only played two games, winning convincingly against Hyderabad but losing to Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the last match and sit fourth with two points from as many games.

IPL 2016 MI vs RCB as it happened Rohit Pollard power MI to six wicket win

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma will hope for a turnaround in his batting form as well as his team's fortunes. Sportzpics/IPL

But on Wednesday, it will be a fresh start for both the sides and Mumbai will look to make the best use of the home conditions and get their third IPL title hopes back on track.

New Zealand's hard-hitting opener Martin Guptill who made his IPL debut against Hyderabad on Monday failed to make an impact as the right-handed batsman managed only two runs.

Except Rohit's unbeaten 84 against KKR, the side has been inconsistent with the bat in all three games, failing to post competitive totals which resulted in giving their bowlers very less to bowl at.

Parthiv Patel, despite getting starts failed to convert it into big scores, while Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya have not been among the runs.

The side’s batting has been too dependent on the skipper and the extra burden on his shoulders proved costly in most occasions this season.

The absence of veteran pacer and death overs specialist Lasith Malinga is hurting Mumbai. The Sri Lankan has been ruled out of the tournament after knee injury.

In the absence of Malinga, Mumbai has been too dependent on Kiwi pacers Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan to give the team an early breakthrough and this combination is expected to continue against RCB.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh will aim to get back his form in a ground where he does comparatively well.

On the other hand, RCB’s top three comprising consistent AB de Villiers, skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Shane Watson make an explosive batting line-up.

The West Indian, Gayle who is yet to fire for his team will miss out on the match against MI, as well as the game after that as he flies back home to Jamaica following the birth of his first child.

Bangalore will hope to get their bowling combination right against Mumbai after being hammered by Delhi opener Quinton de Kock, who scored the first ton in the ongoing tournament.


Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Marchant de Lange, Tim Southee, Unmukt Chand, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Shreyas Gopal, Nathu Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Ambati Rayudu, Akshay Wakhare, Deepak Punia, Jitesh Sharma, Kishore Kamath, Krunal Pandya, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (c), Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Vikramjeet Malik, Kane Richardson, Varun Aaron, Mandeep Singh, Abu Nechim, Adam Milne, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Travis Head, David Wiese, Sachin Baby, Lokesh Rahul, Parvez Rasool, Vikas Tokas, Sarfaraz Khan, Praveen Dubey, Akshay Karnewar.

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