Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Mumbai Indians by 14 runs yesterday at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. The win marked the survival of the RCB in the IPL play offs race. Virat Kohli led RCB gives the target of 167 runs by batting first while MI fell short by 14 runs and finished within 153 runs.
RCB batting gives a slow start but keeping up the pace, captain Virat Kohli and Brendon McCullum added a great partnership of 60 quick runs in the middle overs and later on giving up the perfect finish through Collin de Grandhomme who hit three sixes in the last over and makes 23 runs within 10 balls which helped RCB to reach a decent score.
However, managing the MI team, all-rounder Hardik Pandya blow away three batsmen by giving 28 runs which stops RCB to make runs further while on the batting front, Pandya makes 50 runs off 42 deliveries. The other batsmen of the MI were stopped by RCB bowlers.
The major setback for the MI was to lose three wickets within four overs back to back. Ishan Kisan was removed by the southee first and then Yadav blow away Suryakumar Yadav for 9 runs and Rohit Sharma in the successive balls.
After the last win, RCB stood at the seventh position by having two wins and five defeats at their pocket. The team is however praying for the comeback of the star AB de Villiers who was absent due to high fever in the last game. The south African player single handily defeated Delhi Daredevils with 90 runs in 39 balls while smashed CSK with 68 runs off 30 balls.
Quniton De Kock is still in the way to give the good performance by scoring 194 runs so far and the captain Kohli is keen to produce another special knock in the crunch situation.