The last one down for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The team comprising of some of the best players in current cricket is out of the tournament half way down the league phase. It became the first team to knock out this IPL season, even if it was among the winners last IPL. Mumbai Indians defeated Bangalore pacing up their rate onto the point chart. Rohit Sharma was tossed in to chase, which actually came up as a boon.
Batting first, Bangalore scored 162 with an average strike. The team played with the combination of Mandeep Singh and Virat Kohli. AB de Villiers scored 43 runs as highest in his team. He struck in the overs from Krunal Pandya for boundaries, but the bowler was also the one to remove him in a similar attempt. When de Villiers was down, the score barely crossed 100. Negi plundered Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah to add up the late runs. In the pre-ultimate and the overs before it, the player picked up big boundaries. Bangalore finally reached 162.
In the chase, although Mumbai openers could not withstand Bangalore at the beginning, the team did not take time to settle down. They lost opener Parthiv Patel on the first ball of the inning. Jos Bulter and Nitish Rana steered it with a considerable momentum. Captain Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten to score another half-century. The batsman added 56 off 37 balls hauling the inning to victory. The team kept on losing wickets, but did not lost its chasing momentum to keep up with the asking rate. By the last seven overs, they need 65 runs to win. There was no big risk in the chase.
Pawan Negi, who delivered strongly with the bat, came with a strong attack even with the ball. The player took down Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana in the first stretch the slog the chase. But the others remained futile to defend the score. Mumbai Indians won the match with five wickets and a ball to spare.
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