Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) faced Mumbai Indians (MI) in the seventh game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 where MI registered their first win in a thriller by 6 runs. 

RCB elected to field first after winning the toss. Batting first, MI put up a huge total of 187 on board in 20 overs. They have started pretty well as the openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 52 runs in the powerplay. But the big blow came with Chahal as he dismissed de Kock in the 7th over for 23.

Later, Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit added another 33 runs and another 37-run was added by Yadav and Yuvraj Singh.  Chahal’s 4-wicket haul and Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 32 guided them to put up 187.

Chasing this total, opener Moeen Ali dismissed for 13. Later captain Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel added 40-run and then Kohli and de Villers added another 49 runs. However, de Villers’ unbeaten 70 went in vain as Bumrah’s three-for restricted RCB within 181; claiming a 6 runs win.

Here are the three talking points of the game

Yuzvendra Chahal’s 4-wicket haul

Yuzvendra Chahal registered his second-best bowling figures in IPL. Chahal is one of the best spinners in the world currently and has proved his worth every time. Despite bowling at a flat batting pitch like the Chinnaswamy, he has managed to pick wickets every time.

Ever since the begin of his IPL career, Chahal has taken 87 wickets in 72 matches at an economy of 7.72 and a strike rate of 17.69. Out of these 87 wickets, 47 came at the Chinnaswamy.

During the game between the MI and RCB, Chahal conceded 38 runs in four overs and scalped 4 valuable wickets, including Quinton De Kock, Yuvraj Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, and Kieron Pollard.

Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 32* after a middle-order collapse

Put into bat, Mumbai Indians got off to a flying start where their openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 52 runs in the powerplay. Their blistering innings made the winning foundation for their team. However, Yuzvendra Chahal had other plans as he dismissed de Kock in the 7th over.

Somehow, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, and Yuvraj Singh added another 70 runs and steadied the ship but once again Chahal’s leg spin did the job as he dismantled the middle-order by picking up crucial wickets of Pollard, Yuvraj Singh and Surya Kumar Yadav and MI reduced to 146/7 with only three overs remaining.

Then Hardik Pandya came to his side’s rescue. He smashed all the bowlers in the death overs and they failed to restrict him. He scored a 14-ball 32 which included 3 maximums and 2 boundaries. His heroics helped his side to put up a decent competitive total of 187.

Bowling of Mumbai Indians

After Moeen Ali’s dismissal for 13, captain Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel started to steady the ship and added 40-run before Patel’s dismissal. Then it was Kohli and de Villers who again added another 49 runs and looked too comfortable in the middle.

RCB were 113-2 after 13 overs with two set batsmen Kohli and de Villers on the crease. They needed 75 off 42 which was very much gettable in the batting pitch like Chinnaswamy. But, MI captain Rohit Sharma had some other plans. He brought back Bumrah in the attack. 

First three deliveries went for singles; wherein the second delivery Kohli completed his 5000 IPL runs. The 4th delivery was the crucial one as Bumrah dismissed Kohli who gave an easy catch to Hardik Pandya and departed for 46 which included 6 boundaries. Kohli’s dismissal became the crucial wicket of the match as Bumrah conceded only 3 runs with a wicket.

Though 15th and 16th overs were quite expensive but 17th over was another crucial over where Bumrah gave only one run and dismissed Hetmyer for 5. The pressure fell upon AB de Villers to finish the chase where he smashed two consecutive sixes and a boundary off Hardik Pandya in the 18th over.

The penultimate over of Bumrah conceded just 5 runs and the last over from Malinga ended RCB’s hope of win as MI won the nail biter despite a controversial last ball.

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