MI hand RCB 5-wicket defeat to become first team to enter Playoffs!
Galatta | Oct 29, 2020, 12:02 am
Both Mumbai and RCB are among the Top 3 teams in this year's tournament but have been having a couple of bad games in recent times! Both teams would love to have a win to confirm their Playoffs berth and also a position among the Top 2. Kieron Pollard won the toss and asked RCB to bat first. MI were unchanged while RCB made three changes and for the first time in the tournament, changed their opening pair! Josh Philippe walked out to open with the sensational Padikkal and the duo got going from the very first over. Padikkal showed off his fluency all around the ground before Philippe matched it with a couple of strokes of his own. The openers took RCB to 54/0 in the Powerplay and looked set to get lots more. Rahul Chahar was brought on to bowl the 8th over and was carted for a couple of boundaries but had Philippe stumped by de Kock. Kohli's stay did not last long as he fell for 9 off 14 balls, bringing ABD to the crease. Padikkal continued his fine form and dealt in boundaries, crossing 400 runs for this tournament along the way and also getting yet another half-century!
Unfortunately, ABD fell to his nemesis Pollard in the 16th over and things began unravelling for RCB. Bumrah came on to bowl the 17th over and it was an exceptional one for MI as it turned out to be a double wicket maiden. Both Dube and Padikkal lost their wickets to Bumrah and were not even able to score a single. Boult started off the next over by giving a boundary but cleaned up Chris Morris the very next ball with a fiery, short ball. Bumrah then finished his spell for 3/14, with yet another economical over. RCB managed to hit the 20t over bowled by Boult for 13 runs to take their team to 164/6 with Mumbai needing 165 for a victory! The in-form MI opening pair of QDK and Ishan Kishan opened the innings. Kishan looked to still be in the same rich form while QDK was a bit more sedate. Siraj got QDK to toe-end a shot to be caught by Gurkeerat Singh, on 18! At the end of their Powerplay, MI were 45/1! Chahal came on to bowl his first over in the match's 8th. He struck immediately and sent back Kishan for 25. Washington Sundar bowled yet another impressive, economical spell to give away just 20 runs from his 4 overs.
By the end of the 10th over, Suryakumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwary had managed to take MI to 70/2 and needed 95 more runs to win. Siraj returned the very next over to take out Tiwary to a blinder of a catch by Padikkal. Krunal Pandya and Yadav took apart Chahal's next over for 13 runs and the asking rate had come down to less than 10 runs per over. Steyn's next over was blasted for 13 runs with 3 boundaries. Chahal ultimately got Krunal but it seemed to be too little too late, as Yadav was in good touch and very good control of the chase. Hardik Pandya and Yadav took apart Morris and Siraj with Yadav getting to his half-century and looking set for a big one. Steyn finished with unimpressive figures of 43 runs without any wicket from his 4 overs. Pandya smoked Morris for a 6 but got out the next ball with just 7 more runs needed to win. Pollard came in and bunted his first ball for a 4 before Yadav tonked another 4 off the first ball of the 20th over by Siraj, to take MI to victory. MI had won by 5 wickets with 5 balls to spare and Yadav's 79 not-out fetched him the Player of the match award!