Lasith Malinga clearly overstepped the line off the last ball of the match as Royal Challengers Bangalore lost a thriller to Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru. Chasing 188, RCB managed only 181.
Jasprit Bumrah did the star turn for Mumbai Indians with a three-wicket haul and Lasith Malinga, hit for a six off the first ball of the 20th over by Shivam Dube, bowled a no-ball off the final ball and left Virat Kohli fuming.
AB de Villiers tried valiantly for RCB and remained unbeaten on 70 but he did not get any kind of support after Virat Kohli’s dismissal.
During RCB’s chase, Virat Kohli became the second batsman after Suresh Raina to reach 5000 IPL runs. He got there far quicker than Suresh Raina but fell to Jasprit Bumrah soon after reaching the milestone. The onus of the chase was on AB de Villiers, who became the 10th batsman and third overseas player to score 4000 IPL runs. | Highlights: RCB vs MI, IPL 2019 |
De Villiers took charge of the RCB chase after Kohli fell and scored his 28th fifty in the Indian Premier League.
Shimron Hetmyer fell to Bumrah cheaply but de Villiers was not done yet and in the company of Colin de Grandhomme kept bringing RCB closer with a flurry of sixes.
Earlier in the evening, Virat Kohli won the toss and put Mumbai Indians in to bat. Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma got Mumbai off to a quick start but Yuzvendra Chahal got rid of de Kock in the first over after the power play. Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav were looking dangerous together and it looked like Mumbai Indians were on course to a total over 200.
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However, Umesh Yadav, who is determined to go to the World Cup as India’s fourth seamer, dismissed Rohit Sharma for 48. Mumbai Indians did not have to worry though. Suryakumar was in solid touch and Yuvraj Singh who admitted before the match that he was under less pressure because of a lower price tag, smashed three successive sixes off Yuzvendra Chahal – he was caught out in the deep when he attempted a fourth one.
Mumbai Indians suffered some quick setbacks after Yuvraj’s dismissal; they were 124 for 3 when Yuvraj fell to Chahal in the 14th over. By 17.1 overs, MI had been reduced to 147 for 7. It took a blitz from Hardik Pandya (32 not out off 14 balls) to get MI to a strong total.
Kohli, whose captaincy in the IPL has come under the scanner over the last two seasons, will take heart from the way his bowlers fought back on a terrific batting pitch. Chahal, Umesh and Siraj were outstanding against a group of big hitters from Mumbai Indians.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians had both lost their opening matches in the 2019 season. While RCB went down to Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener, MI lost to Delhi Capitals after Rishabh Pant set the Wankhede Stadium on fire.