Hardik Pandya's 37 runs off 16 balls while chasing 171 runs was a great effort from him which eventually helped Mumbai Indians register their fifth victory in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. For Royal Challengers Bangalore, the loss has only ousted them from the tournament. They have now lost seven games, and it's nearly impossible for them to make it through to the playoffs. SCORECARD
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RESULT: Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets (AB de Villiers 75, Lasith Malinga 4/31)
WICKET: Krunal Pandya didn't have the best of the outings today! He tried to play over mid-wicket fielder but straight into the hands of the fielder!
10 runs of Navdeep Saini's over. The equation has now come down to 31 runs off 18 balls!
WICKET: Fourth wicket down. Yuzvendra Chahl tossed the ball up, and Suryakumar Yadav couldn't time it to perfection. After 15.3 overs, it's 129/4.
Krunal Pandya is having a difficult time at the wicket. Just couldn't find the bat meet ball. Even then, Mumbai is just 45 runs away from a comfortable win.
The wickets aare tumbling at a regular interval but Mumbai Indians' batsmen are keeping the momentum on their side. After 11 overs, it's 108/3.
WICKET: Ishan Kishan came down the track, but misses totally. Yuzvendra Chahal sends dangerous Kishan back to the pavilion. Third wicket down.
Back to back sixes for Ishan Kishan. Keeping the momentum going! After 9 overs, it's 87/2.
WICKET: Trapped right in front. Quinton de kock tried to play on the backfoot, but misses the ball completely. In no time, the openers are back to the pavilion. Moeen Ali picks his second.
WICKET: Knocked him over! What a ball that was from Moeen Ali. Skipper DEPARTS!
Mumbai Indians is off to a blistering start. Both de Kock and Rohit are hammering the opposition bowlers all-around the ground. The duo has already registered a 50-run stand together, and are looking for more. After 5 overs, it's 54/0.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 171/7 in 20 overs
WICKET: And..Malinga picks his fourth! Slower one, gets him another!
WICKET: What a spell this has been from Lasith Malinga! His bowling has affected at least 10-15 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
WICKET: What a throw that was from Pollard! Sends AB de Villiers back!
AB de Villiers starts the final over with a huge SIX over mid-wicket region.
Back to back boundares for AB de Villiers. He is showing his class! After 19 overs, it's 162/4.
WICKET: Another slower one, and another wicket. Lasith Malinga is utilising his experience to the fullest. Marcus Stoinis OUT!
WICKET: Lasith Malinga provides all-important breakthrough. He bowls a slower one, and Moeen Ali tried to deposit it into the stands. In process, he gets a top-edge and Hardik Pandya didn't do any mistake.
ALERT: Moeen Ali brings up his 2nd IPL fifty!
ALERT: AB de Villiers brings up his 32nd IPL fifty!
Both Ali and de Villiers have now shifted the gear and looking dangeorus to finish the innings on high. After 16 overs, it's 136/2.
100 up for Royal Challengers Bangalore!
Good move by Rohit Sharma. He introduced Lasith Malinga in the 13th over of the innings, and he is utilising his experience to the fullest. For RCB, AB de Villiers needs to bat deep. After 13 overs, it's 97/2.
It wouldn't be wrong to say that the visitors are struggling to get to a decent total here. Hardik Pandya and Rahul Chahar have bowled in good line, and haven't let Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers to open their arms. With half overs done, RCB needs something special. After 10 overs, it's 70/2.
WICKET: Hardik Pandya bowled a short of a length delivery, Parthiv Patel tried to play it between point and cover fielder but smashed staright into the hands of point fielder. Second wicket down!
The powerplay belongs to Mumbai Indians. They have been able to build pressure on Royal Challengers Bangalore's batsmen, especially Jasprit Bumrah. After 6 overs, it's 45/1.
Just one run off the fourth over! That's Jasprit Bumrah special! After 4 overs, it's 21/1.
WICKET: Just a slight nip and through to the keeper. Jason picks big fish here. Virat departs for 8 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is off to a cautious start. Both Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel is watching the ball closely and ticking singles. After 2 overs, it's 12/0.
Mumbai Indians is last hurdle. Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel out in the middle. And it's game time!
Mumbai Indians have made one change with Lasith Malinga coming in place of Alzarri Joseph. Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, is playing with the same squad.
Here are the two teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan(w), Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
TOSS: Mumbai Indians opt to bowl
So, the toss is just 10 minutes away now. How excited are you?
The toss is scheduled to happen in 60 minutes from now and it will definitely play a major role in shaping the game today. The pitch offered by the curators and team management has been batting friendly and any total looks chaseable on Wankhede track. Keeping this in mind, the team winning the toss will look to have a bowl first and restrict the opposition for a low total.
Hello and a warm welcome. We are all set to witness another crackerjack of an encounter as Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore. Last time these two teams met in Bangalore, and the game was surrounded by a lot of controversies as Lasith Malinga bowled no-ball on the last ball of the game which eventually turned the game in visitor's favour. Will it be any different today?