19:37 IST MI win by 5 wickets!
19:37 IST Watson to bowl the last over, 7 needed off 6 balls. WIDE! An extra to kick start the over. Hardik takes a single off the next ball. Hardik tries to go for the big shot, manages just a single towards long on. Rohit hits the ball towards deep midwicket, Head does well to keep that one just for a single, good fielding from RCB. 3 off 3 needed now. A yorker from Watson, a single towards fine leg. Kohli is not bringing in his fielders. FOUR! That will do it, another win for MI. 165/5.
19:32 IST Aravind to bowl the 19th over, Rohit takes a single off the first ball. Hardik too manages to take a single. SIX! Rohit takes on Aravind, hits the ball towards square leg, that was as clean hit as ever. Rohit takes a single off the next ball, 9 needed off 8 balls now. Hardik takes a single towards long off, last ball of the over. Rohit gets to his half-century, a captain’s knock from him. MI 156/5.
19:27 IST Aniket to bowl the 18th over, Rohit takes a single off the first ball. Hardik on strike, a slower ball from Aniket, a single taken. Rohit takes a single towards covers. Hardik takes a couple of runs towards sweeper covers, good running between the wickets. Aniket bowls a bouncer to Hardik, a golden dot ball under theses circumstances. WIDE! Aniket could not finish off the over, just wide of the off stump line. SIX! He hits a maximum, that’s a fine shot to end the over, 12 from it. MI 145/5.
30 needed off 3 overs.
19:21 IST Rohit takes a single off the next ball, Hardik Pandya comes to bat, he takes a single as well. 31 needed off 19 balls. Rohit takes a single off the next ball. MI 133/5.
19:18 IST WICKET! Karn Sharma c Milne b Watson 9(8)
19:18 IST Shane Watson comes to bowl the 17th over, Rohit on strike, FOUR! He hits a boundary off the first ball of the over, that will release the pressure. He takes a single off the next ball. OUT! Karn Sharma gone, here is another wicket.
19:12 IST Chahal comes back into the attack, Karn takes a single off the first ball. Rohit too takes a single, rotating the strike. FOUR! Karn goes big, he finds a boundary, even Kohli could not cut that off. He takes a single towards midwicket off the next ball. WIDE! That was wide, a single too taken off that one. Rohit takes another single, MI 125/4.
19:08 IST Aniket Chaudhary comes to bowl, he starts off with a dot ball to Rohit Sharma. He cuts the ball for a single towards deep backward point. A bouncer from Aniket, Karn could not get bat on that, a dot ball. Karn takes a single, gives Rohit the strike. FOUR! Rohit does the damage, gets a much-needed boundary. FOUR! That’s a glorious shot from Rohit to end the over, back-to-back boundaries. MI 114/4.
19:01 IST Three singles off Negi’s over. Karn Sharma has come to bat as Krunal had to leave the field. MI 104/4.
18:58 IST Krunal Pandya comes to bat, he takes a single towards midwicket, he might have pulled a hamstring there. Rohit too takes a single off the first one. Krunal tries to go big, could only manage a single, he puts in a dive, he is in pain now, asks for a physio. MI 101/4.
18:55 IST WICKET! Pollard c Head b Chahal 17(13)
18:55 IST Chahal comes to bowl, Pollard takes a single off the first ball. Rohit takes a single off the next ball. A dot ball to follow as Pollard could not time it. FOUR! Pollard hits and the ball goes up in the air, a boundary towards deep midwicket, a crucial one. Pollard plays the ball towards square leg, takes a couple of runs. OUT! MI 98/4.
18:51 IST Negi continues, he starts off with a dot ball. Rohit takes a single off the next ball. Pollard too defends the first ball, he plays the next one into the gap, Chahal hurries but could not stop them from taking a couple of runs. An lbw appeal from Negi but the Umpire says no. A single to end the over, 4 from it. MI 90/3.
18:48 IST Pollard takes a single off Milne’s first ball of the over. FOUR! Rohi hits the ball square, even the third man fielder could not cut it off, a boundary for him. A dot ball to follow as Rohit mistimes it towards the bowler. Rohit takes a single off the next ball. Pollard guides the next ball towards square leg, takes a couple of runs. FOUR! A boundary to end the over, 12 from it. MI 86/3.
18:44 IST Kieron Pollard comes to bat but he is off strike. Rohit takes a single, Pollard will take strike now, he too pushes the ball towards midwicket for a single. The next ball goes fine, brilliant effort from Chahal, saves a certain boundary, 2 runs off it. A dot ball to end the over. MI 74/3.
18:40 IST WICKET! Rana c Head b Negi 27(28)
18:39 IST Watson continues, Rohit plays the ball towards square leg, takes a couple of runs, he needs to stick there and lead the chase from the front. He takes a single towards midwicket, brings Rana on strike. Whoa! that one nearly missed the edge, a dot ball from Watson, he is bowling well today. Edged but wide of the point fielder, a single taken. FOUR! Rohit ends the over with a boundary, 8 runs from it. MI 70/2.
18:33 IST Rohit Sharma comes to bat, the skipper takes a single after playing a dot ball. Another dot to finish off the over, just 4 runs and a wicket from Negi’s over. MI 62/2.
18:30 IST WICKET! Buttler c Head b Negi 33(21)
18:30 IST Pawan Negi comes to bowl, Rana takes a single off the first ball. Buttler on strike, he pushes the ball towards midwicket, takes a couple of runs as there was no fielder, next ball. OUT! Here’s the wicekt RCB were looking for. MI 61/2.
18:28 IST Rana on strike, Watson comes to the attack, swing and a miss on the first ball. Rana guides the ball for a single towards the third man fielder. Buttler pushes the ball for a single towards deep midwicket. Rana plays a dot ball as this time he could not time it towards the third man. He takes a single off the next ball. A dot ball to finish off the over, RCB 58/1.
18:21 IST Buttler on strike, he takes a single off the second ball of Chahal’s over. Rana on strike now, a dot ball to him. Rana goes for the sweep on the next ball, Watson stops it inside the circle, another dot ball. He pushes the ball towards long on, a single off that one. SIX! Buttler goes big, another maximum, he is eyeing that deep midwicket region.
18:18 IST Buttler on strike, he takes a single off Aravind’s first ball, Rana on strike, FOUR! He just pushes that ball for a boundary towards long on, he is playing sensibly today. Rana takes a single on the fourth ball after playing a dot one. SIX! Buttler hits in the air, that is over long on boundary for a maximum. A slower one to follow, just a single off that one. MI 47/1.
18:13 IST Aniket continues, Rana on strike, he takes a single off the first ball. Buttler pushes it past the bowler, beautiful straight drive, Chahal goes after it, saves a couple of runs on that ball. Next ball, hits the hips of Buttler, a dot ball. A bouncer to Buttler, that hurried on to Buttler, a dot ball, that is pure aggression from Aniket. Buttler takes a single off the next ball. Rana to face the last ball of the over, a dot ball to finish. MI 36/1.
18:08 IST Adam Milne comes to bowl, FOUR! Buttler hits it through covers for a boundary, good way to start the over. FOUR! Another boundary off the next ball, he is trying to take the game away from Bangalore in the powerplay overs. Buttler guides the ball towards the third man for a single, Aravind fumbles but saves the boundary. WIDE! That was down the leg side to Rana. DROPPED! Another half chance, Aniket drops Rana’s catch, a couple of runs off that ball. Rana takes a single off the next ball. FOUR! Buttler times that with precision for a boundary, 17 runs from it. MI 32/1.
18:03 IST Chahal comes to bowl the second over, Buttler plays a dot to start with. Buttler takes a single off the next ball. DROPPED! that was a half chance but should have been taken. FOUR! Chahal would not be happy with that one. FOUR! Another boundary of the over, Chahal will not be happy with that, 9 runs from the over. MI 15/0.
17:59 IST What a start to the innings by RCB as the star from the previous match, Parthiv departs for a golden duck. Aniket is delighted as he has got RCB back in the game from the first ball. Nitish Rana comes to bat, he takes a single towards square leg after playing a dot ball. Buttler takes a quick single towards covers on the next ball. Rana shoulders arms off the next ball, a dot ball. FOUR! A boundary to end the over, that will lift their spirits, 6 runs and a wicket of the first over. MI 6/1.
17:55 IST WICKET! Parthiv Patel c Chahal b Aniket Choudhary 0(1)
17:53 IST Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler come to bat, Anike Choudhary to bowl the first over!
17:40 IST RCB post a fighting total, MI need 163 to win at Wankhede
17:39 IST WICKET! Aravind run out (Parthiv Patel) 0(0)
17:38 IST WICKET! Kedar Jadhav c Pollard b McClenaghan 28(22)
Adam Milne comes to bat, Jadhav goes for the big shot, another wicket for RCB!
17:36 IST WICKET! Negi c Pollard b McClenaghan 35(23)
17:36 IST McClenaghan to bowl the last over, Jadhav goes down the track, takes a single off that one over covers. A full and wide delivery to Negi, a dot ball. FOUR! Negi slaps the fuller delivery for a boundary straight past the bowler. He is batting furiously today. OUT! Pawan Negi departs after scoring 35 from 23 balls.
17:32 IST Bumrah continues, bowls a dot to Negi. A cracker of a yorker right under the bat from Bumrah, another dot ball to Negi. SIX! Negi gets the better off Bumrah this time, digs the ball out and hits it over deep midwicket for a maximum, third one for him in this innings. A single off the next ball towards long off. Jadhav on strike, Jadhav chips the ball over covers for a couple of runs. A single off the last delivery off the last ball. RCB 157/5.
17:27 IST Malinga comes to bat, Negi on strike, SIX! He picks the slower delivery and hits it through the line for a maximum, on a lighter note the catch was very well taken by the ball boy. Negi takes a single off the next ball. Jadhav steps out, chips it over covers, takes a single. A dot ball to follow as Negi hits it towards Malinga. SIX! Negi goes down the track, hits another maximum off Malinga, picks the slower one with ease. He takes a single off the last ball, 15 from it. RCB 147/5.
17:22 IST Bumrah comes back into the attack, Jadhav takes a single off the first ball. Negi too takes a quick single towards point. FOUR! Jadhav finally finds a boundary as he just guides the ball into the gap, this is a good sign for RCB. A quick single off the next ball as it takes a leading edge. Negi plays the next one with soft hands, takes a couple of runs off that ball towards midwicket. A single to end the over, RCB 132/5.
17:17 IST Mitchell McClenaghan comes to bowl, still no boundaries from the over, RCB are heading towards a mediocre total for sure. just 7 runs from it. RCB 122/5.
17:14 IST Runs have been hard to come by as RCB have lost wickets at regular intervals, Jadhav and Negi are struggling to score boundaries. RCB 115/5.
17:04 IST WICKET! Watson b Bumrah 3(5)
17:04 IST Bumrah to bowl as Watson takes strike, an lbw appeal from him but the Umpire says no. A direct hit off that one as well but Jadhav was well into the crease. He takes a single off the next ball. a quick single taken by Jadhav on the next ball.
16:59 IST Shane Watson comes to bat. Jadhav and Watson take singles, not trying to hit boundaries. RCB 106/3.
16:55 IST WICKET! AB de Villiers c Bumrah b Krunal 43(27)
Krunal continues, De Villiers on strike, SIX! He goes for a maximum, hits the ball over square leg boundary for a biggie
16:54 IST Kedar Jadhav joins De Villiers in the middle as Karn Sharma continues. A boundary followed by five singles from the over. RCB 96/3.
16:50 IST Kedar Jadhav comes to bat, he takes a single off the second ball, survived a run out there. De Villiers takes a single off the last ball. RCB 87/3.
16:48 IST WICKET! Head c Hardik Pandya b Krunal Pandya 12(15)
16:48 IST Krunal continues, De Villiers takes a single off the first ball towards wide off. FOUR! Head hits his first boundary, exploits the gap towards deep midwicket. OUT! This time he finds the fielder, gone. RCB 85/2.
16:46 IST Karn Sharma is back into the attack, Head goes on the back foot and takes a single square of the wicket. Chants of ABD in the crowd, he pushes the ball back to Karn, a dot ball. Another dot ball to him. He takes a single off the next ball, playing Karn Sharma cautiously. Head takes a single towards long off, he has not hit a boundary yet. He takes a single off the last ball, 4 runs from the over. RCB 80/2.
16:42 IST Krunal continues, De Villiers on strike, he defends the first ball. FOUR! De Villiers goes on the back foot and hits the ball towards sweeper cover for a four. WIDE! He bowls a wide to De Villiers. SIX! ABD gets under the ball this time, hits it over the deep midwicket boundary for a maximum, what a shot, ABD is in full flow today. He takes a single off the next ball. Head too needs to stick there, he takes a single off the last ball, 13 off it. RCB 76/2.
16:39 IST Malinga comes to bowl, he hits the ball on the pads, De Villiers takes a single, leg byes. Head drives the next ball towards long off, takes a single. De Villiers plays the next ball straight to mid on, a dot one. FOUR! De Villiers plays it on the full, another boundary for him, he needs to stick there today. He comes down the track and takes a single off the next ball towards sweeper cover. A dot ball to end the over to Head, 7 of it. RCB 63/2.
16:33 IST Krunal Pandya comes to bowl, Head takes a single off the first ball. De Villiers too takes a single after playing a dot ball. Another single taken after a dot ball from Head. De Villiers takes a single towards covers, retains strike. RCB 56/2.
16:29 IST AB de Villiers comes to bat, he starts off with a dot ball. SIX! FOUR! He is hammering McClenaghan, it seems like he is telling MI not to chill because he is still there at the crease. He takes a couple of runs off the next ball, RCB 52/2.
16:24 IST WICKET! Kohli c Rohit b McClenaghan 20(14)
16:23 IST Jasprit Bumrah comes to bowl, Kohli on strike, a dot ball to start with. SIX! That was a splendid shot from Kohli, that one was just pure work of class, he has been playing well today, no lack of intent, he looks furious today. A dot ball to follow, chants of Kohli and Bumrah in the crowd. Kohli takes a single off the next ball towards covers, Head on strike. Next ball, misfield at short covers, a couple of runs for him as he gets off the mark. A dot ball to follow, 9 from it. RCB 40/1.
16:18 IST Travis Head comes to bat, two dot balls to him, a fruitful over for RCB, a wicket from it. RCB 31/1.
16:17 IST WICKET! Mandeep c Hardik b Karn 17(13)
16:17 IST Karn Sharma comes to bowl, he starts off with a wide to Kohli. He takes a couple of runs off the next ball towards deep midwicket. SIX! Kohli goes big, hits it over long on for a maximum, first one of the innings. He takes a single towards short midwicket. Mandeep on strike, OUT! RCB 31/1.
16:13 IST Hardik Pandya comes to bowl, Kohli plays a dot ball followed by a single on the next ball. Mandeep takes the aerial route on the next one, takes a couple of runs towards deep midwicket. He muscles the ball towards deep mid-off, just a single off that one. Kohli takes a single towards short mid wicket. Good over from Pandya so far, just 5 from it. A dot ball to end the over, RCB 21/0.
16:08 IST: Its Malinga time, Mandeep picks a single of the first ball, Kohli on strike. Kohli gets a single, Mandeep back on strike. Mandeep hits that for a FOUR. Two dot balls to follow, just 6 runs from the over. RCB 16/0.
16:04 IST: Kohli is off the mark straightaway. Mandeep gets a FOUR. Another FOUR for Mandeep Singh. They are off to a flyer. Mandeep picks a single of the last ball of the over. RCB 10/0.
15:56 IST: The ground is already packed and more spectators are still flocking in as players along the unpires walk out to the middle. M Nayyar is the match referee for the match.
15:35 IST: Will RCB play party-poopers? Virat Kohli and Co. have nothing to loose, hence they should really go hell for leather first up. If past record counts for anything, Kohli and AB average 62 and 57 at the Wankhede over the last five IPL seasons. At strike rates of 136 and 192. They’ve been far removed from such form this season, though.
MI XI: P Patel, J Buttler, N Rana, RG Sharma, K Pollard, K Pandya, H Pandya, K Sharma, M McClenaghan, J Bumrah, L Malinga
RCB XI: TM Head, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, S Watson, K Jadhav, M Singh, P Negi, A Milne, A Choudhary, S Arvind, Y Chahal
Karn Sharma comes in for Harbhajan Singh who is injured. Shane Watson, Mandeep Singh and Aniket Choudhary replace Badree, Sachin Baby and Binny.
15:30 IST: RCB win toss, opt to bat. It seems there is plenty of grass on the pitch and hence we are even more surprised at Virat Kohli opting to bat first.
Welcome to inUth’s digital coverage of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017’s Match 38 between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. This season has turned out to be a forgettable on for RCB as nothing has gone right for them this year. From injuries to changes and then ultimately batting collapses, one thing they were proud of all along the league was their batting and that has faltered in this season.
On the other hand, MI are currently on 2nd spot in IPL Standings 2017 with 7 wins in 9 games, they will be looking to reach the top spot where Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are. MI have done brilliantly well, holding on to their nerves even in the most crunch situations. They are high in spirits after winning a match in superover against Gujarat Lions (GL). But, they need not underestimate the talent of a wounded RCB side as they are still lethal on paper.
MI’s batting has been whirlwind as they have chased down big totals anyhow and posted gigantic total with ease as their middle and middle-lower order has done the trick when the top order could not. Openers Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel have done wonders up the order. Rohit’s form has been patchy but apart from him Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Pandya brothers have done well for the side.
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MI’s bowling has done well too with a right blend of overseas bowlers like Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan and Harbhajan Singh stopping runs in the middle overs.
Talking about RCB, to an extent it can be said that their bowling has improved compared to the previous seasons. The area they have faltered used to be their core strength, batting. Even with big names like Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, they have not been able to push the accelerator. The previous match saw Kohli trying to chase down a total with all his teammates getting out in front of him. It was disheartening to watch him like that. But, now there is no pressure on them, they might try to spoil MI’s party in this match.
Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel(wk), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Karn Sharma, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Travis Head, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav(wk), Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Adam Milne, Samuel Badree, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal, Chris Gayle, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Shane Watson, Iqbal Abdulla, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tymal Mills, Praveen Dubey, Aniket Choudhary, Billy Stanlake, Vishnu Vinod, Harpreet Singh