Dubai: RCB took on MI in their 3rd encounter of the tournament. Building on Finch(52), Padikkal(54), ABD(55*)’s half-centuries, and late blitz from Dube(27*), RCB posted a huge total of 201 runs on the board for a loss of 3 wickets in one of the biggest grounds of the world. Banking on Kishan(99) and Pollard(60*), Mumbai managed exactly 201 runs which led the match to super over where RCB restricted MI to meagre 7 runs and played out the whole over tho chase those 7 runs and clinch the victory.
3 50s power RCB to a 200+ total
Rohit won the toss and invited RCB to bat first as he felt dew’s presence in the second innings might be a key factor that decides the fate of the match. But very soon, RCB’s batsmen proved him wrong as they hit MI bowlers to every corner of the ground as they displayed no difference between pacers and spinners.
MI bowlers started the innings decently as they hit right lengths for first two overs. Finch played a ball onto himself which didn’t happen to be a serious injury before smacking Boult over long-off for first six of the match. There started the fireworks, and they went on till the last ball of the 20th over as none of the RCB’s batsmen were in the mood to slow down barring Kohli(3 of 11) who is going a rough patch in the ongoing tournament.
As Finch was on song, Padikkal preferred playing second fiddle to the Australian opener, and the pair was building the innings at nearly 9 runs an over. The pair kept scoring at least one boundary every over until Boult removed Finch in 9th over with a slower delivery. King Kohli came to the crease but never seemed comfortable as he even struggled to rotate strike off the leggie R Chahar. After 3 more overs of struggling, Kohli walked back to the hut by offering a simple catch to Rohit at covers off Chahar.
In came AB DeVilliers and joined hands with Padikkal which looked like adding oxygen to the fire. This pair didn’t even give a moment to breathe for the MI bowling line up as they kept hitting boundaries at will.
Even though Boult removed Padikkal in 18th Over, a mini-Tsunami was waiting for MI in the form of Dube as he went berserk at MI bowlers by batting with a strike rate of 270
MI Batting lineup struggles but just manages to level the RCB score
RCB came into the match with huge changes to its bowling line up as Zampa and Udana replaced Philippe and Steyn respectively. Mumbai started the chase relatively well by scoring 14 runs off the first over but lost the plot as Sundar removed Rohit in the very next over and kept economical by conceding just 12 runs off his 4 overs. Even SKY didn’t last long as Udana removed him with for a duck.
Hardik joined hands with Ishan and the pair managed to stop the wicket flow but could never accelerate to meet the needs of RRR. But they managed to keep RRR not grow exponentially with boundaries at regular intervals. Hardik couldn’t really get going as he failed to hit big and was dismissed in the 12th over by Zampa to bring big man Polly to the crease. But Ishan never let his team down as he kept fighting and completed his 50 in the 14th over.
Overs kept melting and MI needed 80 runs off the final 4 overs. There has to be some drama in this over else MI has to leave hopes on the match. Pollard managed to score 27 runs off 17th over bowed by Zampa as he punished him with 3 6s and a four. Chahal was handed the ball to bowl 18th over and this pair again treated the bowler with 22 runs with 3 sixes between them. In the process, Pollard completed his 50 off just 20 balls with 5 sixes under his belt. With a six off Saini in the penultimate over, Kishan-Pollard pair completed their 100-run stand.
MI needed 19 runs off the final over. Udana looked good as he conceded just 2 runs off the first 2 balls. Kishan smoked a six off the third ball to bring the equation down to 11 runs off 3 balls. Kishan chose the mid-wicket area this time to land a sixer as MI needed 5 runs off the last 2 balls to pull off a stunner. Udana removed Kishan at 99 runs off the penultimate ball leaving the equation as 5 needed off the last ball to win or a 4 to head to Super over. And Pollard can only manage 4 runs off the last ball in reply to Udana’s short-pitched delivery. Which means SUPER OVER IS ONN!!
Saini is handed the ball who is up against the likes of Pollard and Pandya.
- 1st ball – 1 run by Pollard
- 2nd ball -1 run by Pandya
- 3rd ball – dot by Pollard
- 4th ball – 4 by Pollard straight over bowler’s head
- 5th ball – Saini removes Pollard with a low full toss
- 6th ball – Pandya manages just a bye as he swings and misses at a full and wide delivery.
Saini has done really well to keep MI to just 7 runs
ABD and Kohli are the batsmen for RCB and they are up against out-of-form Bumrah
- 1st ball – Single by ABD
- 2nd ball – Single by Kohli
- 3rd ball – ABD is declared out but he reviews to get the decision reversed
- 4th ball – Four by ABD
- 5th ball – Single by ABD
- 6th ball – Four through square leg by Kohli to seal the match.
RCB won the match in the super over and de Villiers was awarded Man of the Match for his heroics in the ground. One of the positives for MI from the match is that this match is not gonna affect their NRR after the kind of start they got.
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