When Mumbai posted a total of 115 batting first, the Royal Challengers Bangalore looked to be well in control of the game and it looked like it would be yet another easy chase for them. But within 4 overs of the chase, the target of 115 looked way more difficult to achieve than it originally seemed to be.
Lasith Malinga and Zaheer Khan posed more than a few threats for the Bangalore franchise as they dismissed Maddinson, Kohli, and Yuvraj within a span of 6 deliveries to reduce RCB to 17/3. It has been mentioned many a times before and it became pretty evident now that the RCB battings is probably the strongest in this year’s IPL. After being reduced to 17/3 chasing a tricky total, any team would have lost their way and might have made a mess of the chase, but when you have AB De Villiers walking in, your worries are more or less nonexistent.
De Villiers and Parthiv Patel shared a partnership of 99 for the fourth wicket and made sure that they finished the game, just like Yuvi and Kohli in their first game. Surprisingly it was Parthiv Patel who played the innings of the match and De Villiers was the one who played the supporting role. This was the second straight match in which Parthiv has played a substantially good innings for his team after a bad start.
Earlier, the RCB team lost the wickets of Maddinson and inform duo of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh by the score of 17. Zaheer Khan in particular was ferocious with the new ball as he swung the ball in and out and troubled every top order batsmen. He dismissed Kohli and Yuvi in the same over and brought MI right back in the game.
MI was only able to make a subpar total of 115 in the first innings of the match after being invited to bat first. Yuzvendra Chahal once again was the main destroyer with the ball as he picked up important wickets of Rohit Sharma and Pollard giving away only 17 runs in his quota of 4 overs. This was the second game in a row when he didn’t concede a boundary in his entire spell.
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets.
Man of the match: Parthiv Patel.