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Indian Premier League, 31st Match: Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai, Apr 15, 2019

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 171/7

Mumbai Indians 172/5 (19/20 ov)

Mumbai Indians won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

Batsman R B S.R
Quinton de Kock (lhb) 40 26 153.84
Hardik Pandya (rhb) * 37 16 231.25
Bowller O M R W Econ
Moeen Ali (ob) 4.0 0 18 2 4.50
Yuzvendra Chahal (ob) 4.0 0 27 2 6.75
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End of Over No.19 Mumbai Indians 172/5 This Over (22 runs)

11.58pm: Well that’s that. Another loss for RCB, who have yet more to add to their list of ‘things to correct this season’. Hardik’s end-overs big-hitting continues to be amazing, but most surprisingly perhaps, Rohit Sharma – who you think would know the Wankhede pitch inside out having grown up here – says he still doesn’t understand it! On that note, this is Saurabh signing off on behalf of Ankur and Raghav.

11.52pm: Rohit Sharma: “(Hardik’s hitting) Ya he has been (at a different level) It’s helping the team and helping him as well. He wanted to contribute with bat and ball in this particular season. He didn’t have much cricket before IPL so he wanted to prove a point, to himself more than anyone else. The way he’s hitting holds us in a better position. It will help us win those crucial games. (On Malinga) I’ve been talking about him more often, how he’s been an important member of this squad. His performance matters to us. Now he’s back from Sri Lanka with that sort of performance. It will help us moving forward because his form is very critical. Trust me, bowling at Wankhede in the death overs is not easy. He held his nerve against one of the best in the world. Credit to the bowlers as well to restrict a strong RCB line-up to 170. If the pitch plays like that, I dont’ want to chase! one thing I’ve learned this season is I’ve still not been able to figure out the pitch at Wankhede. Luckily we got a good start and the guys lower down could build on that platform, otherwise it would have not been easy.”

Lasith Malinga is Man of the Match: “Last couple of weeks have been a tough time for me, I had to go to Sri Lanka and play the domestic tournament. But I realised that when I get a chance, I have to give 100%. These kind of tournaments you have to prepare mentally. Skill-wise we know what we have to do. We know exactly who can do damage, and AB is the main guy. When he got out, I used my variations and took wickets.”

11.48pm: Here’s another spot by Gaurav Sundararaman: The last time Negi bowled to Hardik at the death, when 30 off 2 overs were required, Hardik hit 24 runs and won the match. This was against CSK.

11.38pm: Mumbai were in control for most of that chase despite the wobble induced by Chahal and Moeen. Makes you wonder why no Washington Sundar still in RCB – this was a pitch where they needed another spinner. Hardik’s finishing has hit another level in this IPL. He’s invariably come in and backed himself to go big, and gone big. Incredible power on show. RCB’s call to bowl Negi and hold Saini back didn’t come off. Was a questionable one anyway.

Virat Kohli: We played a pretty good game I guess. I think with the ball in the first six overs we were not right up there. Conceding 65 in six, it was always difficult to come back from that. We had to take a chance with the spinner at the end with two right-handers in. (On Moeen) He is striking the ball so well and he’s bowling with a lot of heart and determination. It’s good to see a senior player in the team taking responsibility. He deserves all the credit for his performances. We just have to enjoy ourselves, play the way we did in the last two games and try to show more composure in those pressure situations. Take those half-chances. The catch that went down off Hardik could have been a game-changer.

Hardik Pandya: Thankful to the openers for setting it up, made it easy for us. I felt RCB didn’t bowl well in the Powerplay and that hurt them. The way the wicket started playing, I thought they were looking at 170-180 because even AB was finding it difficult to hit. I think AB’s wicket was important, it made a 15 run difference which would have been handy at the end.

18.6 1 Negi to HH Pandya and that’s all over. Pollard didn’t even face a ball. Hardik swats this from outside off to long-on and they complete the win. 1 run
18.6 1 Negi to HH Pandya the pressure tells on Negi and he bowls it too far outside off 1 wide
18.5 6 Negi to HH Pandya bye bye RCB their chances are disappearing with the ball. the ball is spinning away from him but he slog-sweeps it from well outside off and smashes it over wide long-on SIX
18.4 4 Negi to HH Pandya in his hitting arc again, and Hardik picks this up from outside off, almost on half-volley and swings this once bounce into the midwicket fence FOUR
18.3 4 Negi to HH Pandya smashed width offered outside off and clattered through extra cover. No chance of any fielder to stop it FOUR
18.2 6 Negi to HH Pandya that’s some power didn’t time it at all, too short and there to be hit, but Hardik got a thick top edge. Still enough power on it to carry it over the long-on boundary SIX
18.1 0 Negi to HH Pandya swing and a miss! Hardik wanted to send that to Brabourne, went for a big swing. Grip and turn from outside off on a length, beats bat no run

Ashok : “Another infamous 11 off 21 was the one scored by Yuvi in the 2014 T20 WC final…” – but with 22 off 12 needed and Hardik and Pollard here, you’d still back MI. Negi is back meanwhile

End of Over No.18 Mumbai Indians 150/5 This Over (9 runs)

17.6 1 Mohammed Siraj to HH Pandya takes the pace off and keeps it on a length wide of off, Pandya punches it, rolls to mid-on off a thick inside edge 1 run
17.6 1 Mohammed Siraj to HH Pandya too far outside off stump again. He wants to keep it out of Hardik’s reach but that will be a wide 1 wide

Pollard at the non-striker’s end because the Pandyas crossed

17.5 W Mohammed Siraj to KH Pandya good length on the stumps, Krunal moves across and wants to flick it, but his timing’s been awry all innings and he only lobs it up in the air. Deep midwicket takes a few steps in and gobbles the ball to end Krunal’s laboured stay. OUT
KH Pandya c sub (Milind Kumar) b Mohammed Siraj 11 (41m 21b 1×4 0x6) SR: 52.38
17.4 1 Mohammed Siraj to HH Pandya fuller outside off again, Hardik moves across and scoop-drives it. Long off’s there now so he collects 1 run
17.4 1 Mohammed Siraj to HH Pandya that one will be a wide though. Well outside the tram line 1 wide
17.3 0 Mohammed Siraj to HH Pandya just inside the tram-line and that will be a dot ball. Hardik lets it go, but it’s not a wide no run
17.2 4 Mohammed Siraj to HH Pandya that is a super shot, even if not well timed. Back of a length outside off and he only gets a toe-end to it but hits with enough power to make it travel. And gets the placement perfect, right back over the bowler FOUR
17.1 1 Mohammed Siraj to KH Pandya good length on off again and drilled with power, but without timing, to Kohli at mid-off. He wants to pick it up and fire a throw in but doesn’t collect cleanly 1 run

Siraj

End of Over No.17 Mumbai Indians 141/4 This Over (10 runs)

16.6 4 Saini to HH Pandya just eludes Tim Southee full ball, almost a yorker outside off and Hardik has seen mid-off up so he goes over him. No timing on that, gets it off the end of the bat. Southee running back hard and dives, but can only get a hand to it and can’t stop it going into the boundary FOUR
16.5 1 Saini to KH Pandya good length angling across, Krunal smears it to extra cover inside the circle. No timing on that at all 1 run
16.4 1 Saini to HH Pandya length ball coming in a little and flicked off his hips to deep square leg 1 run

fine leg coming into the circle

16.3 0 Saini to HH Pandya another good ball, back of a length in the corridor again. Hardik’s doing his thing of widening stance and moving across to set himself up to bash it through the leg side, but the pace of the ball as much as the tight line defeated him no run
16.2 0 Saini to HH Pandya beaten back of a length in the corridor and Hardik goes for the expansive drive, but doesn’t connect. Was close to his outside edge no run
16.1 4 Saini to HH Pandya incredible it was back of a length but not that wide outside off as to give Hardik room to free his arms, but he short-arm slashes it anyway and it bounces just in front of the rope. Almost a six FOUR

41 needed off 24 with the Pandyas at the crease. Navdeep has the ball. Chahal and Moeen are bowled out. Mid-off moving in, long-on back

End of Over No.16 Mumbai Indians 131/4 This Over (4 runs)

15.6 1 Chahal to HH Pandya too short and down leg, paddled to deep square leg 1 run
15.5 1 Chahal to KH Pandya fuller outside off and he fetches the ball from there to sweep to deep midwicket 1 run
15.4 0 Chahal to KH Pandya ooh there’s that bounce again. Quicker one bowled outside off and spins in, bounces much higher than Krunal was expecting no run

niranjan: “That powerplay stat also highlights how poor Umesh’s form has been with the new ball. Last year, it was mainly due to his aggression RCB were very effective in the PP, though the mid over and death struggle remain a constant! ”

15.3 W Chahal to Yadav caught at the long-off boundary came down the track to hit over the top, but gets only the toe-end of the bat. The ball travel more high than far and drops into long-off’s waiting hands, stretched out over his head and caught cleanly while not over-balancing to go beyond the rope. RCB are not out of it yet, though Mumbai should still be favoured to win from here. He was trying to hit with the turn, but the ball perhaps spun a bit more than he budgeted for OUT
SA Yadav c Saini b Chahal 29 (37m 23b 2×4 1×6) SR: 126.08
15.2 2 Chahal to Yadav googly, and he manages to whip it from close to his body over midwicket. Good fielding by Kohli at the boundary to keep it to two runs 2 runs

Lakshman Kumar: “Mumbai Indians have just two modes of batting in this season..! Krunal Pandya mode and Hardik Pandya mode..!! They better switch to the latter one ASAP..!! ”

15.1 0 Chahal to Yadav slider, hurries on to him and he has to chop it away while trying to give himself room no run

James: “Moeen’s had a good game. 32 ball 50 and 2-18 off 4 overs.”

Anil: “Mumbai are trying very hard to ramp up opportunities for Krunal with a hope that he gains some confidence; doesn’t seem to be working! Polly should have been in now!”

End of Over No.15 Mumbai Indians 127/3 This Over (8 runs)

14.6 1 Negi to Yadav too much air and on leg stump, flicked to long-on off his toes 1 run
14.5 1 Negi to KH Pandya shimmy down the track and he launches this over extra cover, but there is protection in the deep 1 run
14.4 0 Negi to KH Pandya fuller and he wants to swat it away from one knee but finds midwicket no run

Score Cards

  • Partnerships
    Wkt Runs Players
    1st 70 RG Sharma 28 Q de Kock 40
    2nd 1 Q de Kock 0 SA Yadav 1
    3rd 33 Ishan Kishan 21 SA Yadav 12
    4th 25 SA Yadav 16 KH Pandya 8
    5th 19 KH Pandya 3 HH Pandya 15
    6th 24* KA Pollard 0 HH Pandya 22
  • To bat
    Player Mat Runs HS Ave 100
    8. JP Behrendorff 61 75 26 18.75 0
    9. RD Chahar 19 44 13* 11.00 0
    10. JJ Bumrah 142 69 16* 9.85 0
    11. SL Malinga 276 382 37* 7.79 0
  • Batting R B 4 6
    Q de Kock lbw 40 26 5 2
    RG Sharma bowled 28 19 2 2
    SA Yadav caught 29 23 2 1
    Ishan Kishan stumped 21 9 0 3
    KH Pandya caught 11 21 1 0
    HH Pandya not out 37 16 5 2
    KA Pollard not out 0 0 0 0
    JP Behrendorff
    RD Chahar
    JJ Bumrah
    SL Malinga
    Extras (w 6) 6
    Total (5 wkts; 19 ovs) 172
  • Bowling O M R W Econ
    UT Yadav 2 0 25 0 12.50 (1w)
    NA Saini 3 0 34 0 11.33 (1w)
    Mohammed Siraj 2 0 21 1 10.50 (2w)
    YS Chahal 4 0 27 2 6.75
    P Negi 4 0 47 0 11.75 (2w)
    MM Ali 4 0 18 2 4.50
  • Summary

    Sports Event
    31st Match Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

    Location

    Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai,
    Mumbai,Mumbai,INDIA
    Starting on
    Apr 15, 2019
    Ending on
    Apr 15, 2019
    Description
    Indian Premier League, 31st Match: Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai, Apr 15, 2019.

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