In the contest of the below most teams of the Indian Premier League 2018, Royale Challengers Bangalore outclassed Mumbai Indians by a 14 runs victory thus almost threw the defending champions out of this season’s competition. More than half way through the league, Mumbai has suffered sixth defeat in eight matches.
Faltering start by the top order batsmen of Mumbai Indians hindered their journey of chasing 167 runs.
Losing five batsmen at the score of 84 runs, Mumbai Indians were way beyond recovery before Pandya duo manufactured a 56 run sixth wicket partnership but the effort was not enough to get even close to the target. They needed 21 runs in the last delivery and Ben Cutting hit a six over long off to cut the edge of loss to 14 runs.
Hardik Pandya scored highest 50 runs while Krunal Pandya made 23 runs.
Before that, Rajasthan Royals made 167 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. The bowling line up without Mustafizur Rahman for the first time this season was led by Hardik Pandya who grabbed 3 wickets.
Manan Vohra scored highest 45 runs. Two high profile stars of Royale Challengers Bangalore Brendon McCullum and Virat Kohli got passed their thirties.
Royale Challengers Bangalore 167/7 (20 overs)
Manan Vohra 45, Brendon McCullum 37, Virat Kohli 32
Hardik Pandya 3/28, Mayank Markande 1/28, Jasprit Bumrah 1/22
Mumbai Indians 153/7 (20 overs)
Hardik Pandya 50, Krunal Pandya 23, Jean Paul Duminy 23
Tim Southee 2/25, Umesh 2/29, Mohammad Siraj 2/28
Watch: It’s the bat flying high, not the ball!
Result: Royale Challengers Bangalore won by 14 runs.
Toss: Mumbai Indians
Man of the Match: Tim Southee