Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets in a crucial match in the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday. After this win, the current winner Mumbai has reached 16 points and has almost confirmed their place in the playoffs. However, some other teams can also reach 16 points and in this case the run rate will matter. That is why the playoff battle has become interesting now.
Bangalore, batting first, scored 164 runs losing six wickets in 20 overs with the help of Devadatta Padikal (74 runs, 45 balls, 12 fours, 1 six). Mumbai managed to win the match by scoring five wickets in 19.1 overs thanks to the aggressive innings of Suryakumar Yadav (79 not out, 43 balls, 10 fours 3 sixes).
The goal was not difficult for Mumbai. He made 70 runs in 10 overs, losing two wickets.
Quinton de Kock (18) was dismissed by Mohammad Siraj for the first blow to Bangalore. Then Bangalore’s trump card Yuzvendra Chahal sent Ishaan Kishan (25) to the pavilion. In the first 10 overs, Mumbai lost both these wickets. His hopes of victory were fully alive.
Mumbai lost their third wicket off the third ball of the 11th over. Saurav Tiwari (5) was made his second victim by Siraj. Chahal then tried to bring Bangalore into the match by dismissing Krunal Pandya (10), but Suryakumar, standing at the other end, enhanced Bangalore’s troubles with his batting.
Hardik Pandya (17) hit two brilliant sixes and reduced the gap between the run and the ball. He became a victim of Chris Maurice. Suryakumar hit Mumbai on the first ball of the last over to lead Mumbai to victory. Kieran Pollard remained unbeaten after scoring four runs.
Earlier, the way Bangalore got started it seemed that the tome could easily go up to the score of 180-190, but the dismissal of Virat Kohli and Abraham de Villiers in the middle overs shattered the team’s batting and Bangalore Had to be content with a respectable score.
Joshua Philippe (33), who replaced Aaron Finch, made an aggressive debut with Pedickle. For the first wicket, Padikal and Philippe’s pair scored 71 runs.
Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar ended his innings by stumping Phillippe in his spin against Quinton de Kock.
In front of captain Kohli (9), Pollard hooked Bumrah and Bumrah did his job by getting Kohli out. Now de Villiers could have been a threat to Mumbai. For him, Captain Pollard held the ball in his hand. Pollard managed to take the wicket of de Villiers.
Bumrah then gave a big setback to Bangalore in the 17th over, dismissing Shivam Dubey (2) and then Padikal. Maurice (4) also failed to do anything special in this match.
Bangalore’s strong score hopes were found in the soil from here. Gurkeerat Singh (14 not out) and Washington Sundar (10 not out) led the team to a respectable score.