IPL2020: Match no. 48 between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore held at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, 28th October is won by defending champions. Mumbai defeated Royal Challenger Banglore by 5 wickets to keep themselves up in the order. With this win defending champions grabbed two crucial points. Mumbai Indians now have won 8 matches out of 12, they have 16 points on board. While Royal Challenger Bangalore has won 7 matches out of 12 and is at the second spot in Points Table.
Earlier, at the toss, Mumbai won the toss and decided to field first. There were no changes in Mumbai squad while Bangalore made three changes in their squad. Josh Philippe comes in for Aaron Finch, Shivam Dube comes in for Moeen Ali and Dayle Stein comes in for Navdeep Saini. Bangalore openers did pretty well by scoring 50 runs under Power Play. Josh Philippe scored 33 of 24 balls while his opening partner scored a brilliant 74 of 45 balls. Other than these two no batsman could score more than 20 runs. Rahul Chahar made the opening for Mumbai by taking the wicket of Josh Philippe in the 7th over. Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Virat Kohli cheaply in his second over, with this wicket Bumrah completed his 100 wickets in IPL and his first and 100th wicket comes out to be Virat Kohli. Later on, Pollard dismissed AB de Villiers. In his second over Bumrah delivered a double-wicket maiden by dismissing Shivam Dube and dangerous-looking Devdutt Paddikal. Next over Trent Boult dismissed Chris Morris and RCB were collapsed at that time. Mumbai Indians restricted RCB to 164-6 (20 overs).
Mumbai came to bat with Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan, both looked solid at the start but inform Mohd. Siraj sends de Kock to the dugout in his first over itself. Later on, Chahal dismissed set Ishan Kishan when he was at 25 runs. Surya Kumar stood up on the other end and played good cricket. Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya also went cheaply of Mohd. Siraj, Chahal and Chris Morris respectively. In the meantime Surya Kumar went on to score a match-winning knock for Mumbai Indians scoring 79 runs in just 43 balls, hitting 10 fours and 3 sixes with a strike rate of 183.73 and took his side to victory.
For his classy and stylish knock Surya Kumar Yadav was bombarded by Altroz Super Striker of the match, Dream11 Game Changer of the match, Unacadmy Lets Crack it 6 and The Man of The Match award. While young Devdutt Paddikal won the Cred Power Player of the match award.
Post Match Presentation:
Virat Kohli | RCB (losing) captain: It was a strange phase of batting (the last five overs of the RCB innings). Everything went to the fielders and these kind of things happen. They bowled in good areas in the last 5 overs and stopped us 20 runs short. We were in the game until the 17th over and that was a decent effort by our bowlers. It’s basically up to the gut of the captain and the conditions, we thought Dale and Morris for initial swing, and Washy in the powerplay. We needed a few wickets there, but their batsmen did a good job. This is always going to happen – some teams peak early and some do better later. As we can see, the teams in the lower half are turning out some really good performances now. When it’s a top-two clash, it will always be intense and in a competition like the IPL, you can’t expect any team to back down and be blown away.
Kieron Pollard | MI (winning) captain: I try to analyze. I got the wicket of ABD. We can’t just depend on Bumrah. But we would want other guys to step up as it is a team game. We lost a few wickets but Surya took us home. Imagine, someone coming in at that number and batting at that strike rate despite a wicket going down. The most he can do is continue performing for us. As an individual if you continue to be consistent, the rewards will come. I have always done what the team wants me to do. If the team performs well, I am happy.
Suryakumar Yadav | Man of the Match: I was looking to finish the game. I was looking to learn what my game is. Happy to have finished it. Lot of meditation has helped. One over cover to Chahal and the back foot punch off Steyn were my favorites. I have worked on my game during the lockdown. I used to love playing on the on-side before. Pleased to have finished the game. The team management and Rohit told me before the start of the tournament that you have played enough to take the game deep. I am glad I have been able to do it.
The all-round excellence of Suryakumar Yadav has been a treat to watch. Interesting that he talked about meditation to get over the hot-headed image he had acquired. Whatever the reason, he is playing the best cricket of his life.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 28, 2020