Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore defeated the Mumbai Indians in the 31st match of IPL 2018 to register their third victory of the season. Tim Southee won the ‘Man of the Match’ for his magnificent spell of 4-0-25-2.
The match started after Mumbai won the toss and opted to field first. They made one change in their side as they played Kieron Pollard in place of Evin Lewis. RCB also made Just one change as Washington Sundar came back in place of Murugan Ashwin.
After the early departure of Quinton de Kock (7), Manan Vohra and Brendon McCullum played some great shots to post some quick runs on the board for RCB. Vohra soon got out for 45 and a decent partnership built-in in McCullum (37) and Kohli (32). Three sixes in the last from the bat of Colin de Grandhomme off Mitchell McClenaghan helped RCB post 167-7 on the board.
Hardik Pandya, despite being on the expensive side with an economy of 9.3 took three wickets. Other bowlers like Krunal Pandya (4-0-24-0) and Jasprit Bumrah (4-0-22-1) bowled economically to help MI restrict the opponent for a reasonable total.
Mumbai didn’t start well with the bataa they were reduced to 47/4 inside 8 overs. JP Duminy tried to hold the innings after that but he also got run out for 23. After that, Pandya brothers came out to bat and kept Mumbai in the match.
But Southee and Siraj had other plans as they bowled exceptionally well in the death overs. Hardik Pandya played a knock of 50 runs but after losing so many wickets at the top, the required run rate rose way too much.
RCB’s top four bowlers, Southee, Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Chahal bowled very economically to help their team win the match by 14 runs. After this win, RCB is still very much in the tournament while for MI, now every game is a do-a-die if they want to qualify for the playoffs.