RCB didn’t bowl well in the Powerplay: Hardik Pandya after MI win

Royal Challengers Bangalore lost the plot in the first six overs while defending 171 at the Wankhede stadium, felt Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

Hardik Pandya backed up a superb batting effort by Mumbai Indians openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma as Mumbai chased down the target of 172 with 5 wickets in hand and an over to spare on Monday.

Pandya ended up with 37 not out off 16 balls after de Kock top-scored with 40 and Rohit contributed with 28 runs.

The openers put up a 72-run partnership in the first seven overs which lay a strong platform for the other batsmen in Mumbai to come in and have a go at the bowlers. 67 runs were smashed in the powerplay which led to RCB’s downfall as Pandya explained later.

“Fantastic victory. Lucky with the start we got. Hats off to both the openers. It was not easy to bat on this wicket but they made it easy for us in the end. I felt RCB didn’t bowl well in the Powereplay and that’s where I thought they lost the game.

“We began well and had the bowlers who hit the deck hard and got some purchase of the wicket. The way wicket started playing, even AB found it difficult but they both (AB and Moeen) played well. It’s always good to win at home. We are on the road and hopefully we can continue the winning momentum,” Hardik Pandya said after hitting the winning runs for Mumbai Indians.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli also felt that his bowlers could have put up a better performance in the first six overs after posted 171 for 7 while batting first.

“We played a pretty good game I guess. With the ball, we weren’t that great in the first six overs but the guys fought hard in the middle overs and came back well.

“At the end, we had to take the risk with the left-arm spinner, with two right-handed batsmen. Giving pace was risky, especially with a bit of dew. Unfortunately, it didn’t come off,” Kohli said after suffering his seventh loss in 8 matches this season.

The Mumbai batters backed up a superb performance by the bowlers who restricted the Royal Challengers to a below-par score.

Lasith Malinga, who was coming back in the playing XI after being left out in the previous two games, finished with 4 for 31 from 4 overs.

His bowling performance helped MI negate the AB de Villiers threat even as the former South African captain smashed 75 off 51 balls.


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