IPL 2018: RCB vs MI Match Report

IPL 2018: RCB vs MI Match Report

Because Virat's lady love and luck shone for his side, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) big time to trounce Mumbai Indians (MI) in match 31 of VIVO Indian Premier League 2018.

Having got off to a good start thanks to an attacking 45 from opener Manan Vohra (31b, 2x4, 4x6) and a fighting 37 (25b, 4x4, 2x6) later from Brendon McCullum, they lost the momentum in the 18th over with Hardik Pandya picking up three wickets for just two runs. For a change, RCB's bowlers had a good outing as they successfully managed to defend the total of 167, restricting the defending champions to 153 for 7.

Standing on the bottom half of the table Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians desperately needs a win to make it to the playoffs. Mumbai batting line-up collapsed Mumbai suffered a huge setback as they lost three wickets inside four overs.

Except for Hardik Pandya, who scored a patient 50 off 42 deliveries, the rest of the Mumbai batsmen were unable to stand up to the RCB bowlers. Mumbai Indians season meanwhile refuses to take off. Chasing 168 to win, MI fell 14 runs short in the second innings and will be disappointed with their overall display. The South African did not get to bat in the last match as his side reached the target with loss of only two wickets.

"If you look at the success of the team and the times we have won titles, he (Rohit) has always batted at No. 4". Captain Rohit Sharma has done a Winning Knock in two matches but has failed to cross the 20-run mark in the other five games. McCullum rued the absence of de Villiers after he was ruled out of the IPL due to a viral infection.

At the end of the 19th over, MI's score was 143/6 and RCB's score was 143/7.

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It was an all-round performance by RCB, which helped them win the game.

Bond also defended skipper Rohit Sharma's decision to come down the order instead of opening the innings.

Colin de Grandhomme flexed his muscles in the final over with what proved to be a key contribution, emulating McCullum by hitting a full toss from fellow Black Cap Mitchell McClenaghan for six off off what would have been the last ball and doing the same again with the free hit.

It brought skipper Kohli at the crease as he came to bat at number four from his usual one-down position.

Mumbai win. RCB just do not look like they are capable of putting up a collective performance to pull off a victory. But that wasn't enough as RCB succumbed to their fifth loss against KKR. Well, Mumbai Indian's Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj took 2 wickets each of RCB.