Abu Dhabi saw a top of the table clashed as the league stage heavyweights Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers faced each other to put one foot inside the playoff phase. RCB failed to defend their 165 run target as MI scaled the total with 5 balls to spare.
With Rohit Sharma still out of the side, Kieron Pollard led the team out once again and elected to chase after winning the toss. While MI played the same team that were stunned by Rajasthan Royals, Virat Kohli announced a number of changes for RCB. Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali and Navdeep Saini missed out on the playing eleven as Josh Phillipe, Dale Steyn and Shivam Dube coming in.
In the absence of Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe opened the batting with Devdutt Padikkal. The pair shared an opening partnership of 71 runs with the Australian being the first wicket to fall. Rahul Chahar managed to fox the batsman resulting in a quick stumping by Quinton de Kock.
The 20-year-old Padikkal kept going as wickets tumbled around him. RCB stalwarts Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were dismissed cheaply in the middle overs. With the wicket of Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah brought up 100 wickets in the competition. The pacer had dismissed the Indian skipper seven years ago as his first IPL wicket as well.
After a formidable score of 88-1 in the first 10 overs, RCB slumped terribly in the second half of the innings. Barring Padikkal, who scored his fourth IPL fifty and a high score of 74, no batsman had an impact. Bumrah’s tight spell of 3-14 ensured that RCB were restricted to 164-6 after the end of 20 overs.
Suryakumar Yadav’s gem takes MI across the line
RCB weaved a strong bowling display in the powerplay with Washington Sundar bowling to the two-left handers in the form of Ishan Kishan and de Kock. The openers managed to chip in with cameos while Saurabh Tiwary and Krunal Pandya failed in the middle order.
However, Suryakumar Yadav, coming fresh off another exclusion from the Indian squad, stepped up with a gem of a knock. He took the attack to Steyn and Siraj to drag back the asking rate and brought up his fifty at a brisk pace.
Yadav racked up his highest IPL score of 79 as he remained unbeaten to finish the chase comfortably in the final over.
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