Indian Premier League, 2019

Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Match 31

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Date & Time: 15 April 2019

Mumbai Indians 172/5

RR: 9.05 | Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Quinton de Kock lbw Moeen Ali lbw Moeen Ali 402652
Rohit Sharma bowled Moeen Ali bowled Moeen Ali 281922
Suryakumar Yadav c Navdeep Saini & b Yuzvendra Chahal c Navdeep Saini & b Yuzvendra Chahal 292321
Ishan Kishan stumped Yuzvendra Chahal stumped Yuzvendra Chahal 21903
Krunal Pandya c & b Mohammed Siraj c & b Mohammed Siraj 112110
Hardik Pandya not out not out 371652
Kieron Pollard not out not out 0000
Rahul Chahar
Jason Behrendorff
Lasith Malinga
Jasprit Bumrah
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 0, w 6, nb 0)
Total 172 (5 Wkts, 19.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
70-1 (Rohit Sharma,7.1), 71-2 (Quinton de Kock,7.4), 104-3 (Ishan Kishan,10.3), 129-4 (Suryakumar Yadav,15.3), 148-5 (Krunal Pandya,17.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Umesh Yadav2 0 25 0 12.50
Navdeep Saini3 0 34 0 11.33
Mohammed Siraj2 0 21 1 10.50
Yuzvendra Chahal4 0 27 2 6.75
Pawan Negi4 0 47 0 11.75
Moeen Ali4 0 18 2 4.50
Parthiv Patel 0 0 0 0 0
Virat Kohli 0 0 0 0 0
AB de Villiers 0 0 0 0 0
Marcus Stoinis 0 0 0 0 0
Akshdeep Nath 0 0 0 0 0

That is it from this match then. With this win, Mumbai move to third in the points table with 10 points. Delhi also have 10, but they have a better net run rate. Whereas Bangalore lose their 7th game out of 8, making it very difficult for them to qualify for the knockouts. Action continues on Tuesday as Punjab host Rajasthan at the IS Bindra stadium, Mohali. That match begins at 8 pm IST (1430 GMT). Join us for that one. Till then, cheers!

LASITH MALINGA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 4/31. Says that the last couple of games have been difficult for him but then he went back home, did well there and then came back here and performed. Feels that mentally one has to be prepared to tackle oppositions and then execute the plans on the field. Says that Mumbai had their plans against AB de Villiers and Malinga trusted his variations against him.

Victorious Mumbai skipper, Rohit Sharma, admires Hardik Pandya's hitting in the death overs, which has been helping the team big time. Stresses that it was something which he wanted to work upon and prove a point to himself more than anyone else. Adds that it holds the team in a better position as it knows that there is someone who can get the big hits in quick time at the death. On Lasith Malinga, Rohit says that he has always stressed on Malinga's importance and adds that his form is very critical. Hopes to look forward to more such performances from him. Adds that it is not easy bowling in the death overs at the Wankhede but Malinga excelled against AB de Villiers. Praises his bowlers overall for restricting Bangalore to a chaseable total. Is still bemused with so much turn on the Wankhede track and thanks the good start that the team got in the Powerplay. Finally says that he is still struggling to come to terms with the track here.

Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli, says they played a good game but were poor with the ball in the first 6 overs. Credits the way they bowled after though and came back in the game. Reckons that with the dew, it was difficult to bowl. Credits Moeen Ali for the way he played with both the bat and the ball. He says that Moeen is a senior player and it is good to see him perform.

Spare a thought for Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers. The duo scored more than 70 percent of the runs and then Ali bowled superbly as well. But the batting did not step up at all, mustering only 171, which turned out to be a below-par score on this surface.

Here comes Hardik, to have a chat with Mel Jones. Praises de Kock and Rohit for setting up the run chase. Reckons that Bangalore did not bowl well in the Powerplay and that is what hurt them. Stresses that Mumbai have hit-the-deck bowlers and they utilized the wicket to perfection. Feels that AB de Villiers' run out could also be crucial, probably creating a difference of 15-20 runs.

A clinical performance, one can say from Mumbai. Probably, the only criticism can come for Ishan Kishan, throwing his wicket away at a crucial juncture but otherwise a superb batting display. Hardik Pandya strut his stuff at the end, with a 16-ball 37.

Chasing 172, Mumbai had a hurricane start, racing to 70 in 7 overs. But a few quick wickets pushed them back, raising hopes of a Bangalore comeback. Moeen Ali and Yuzvendra Chahal were spinning a web and returned with figures of 8-0-45-4. But once they were done, Mumbai just coasted again. None of the others were impressive and dew did not help their cause either.

Not quite totally unexpected. Mumbai were favourites to win the game and they did so, albeit stretching it to the 19th over. Bangalore were always a few runs light and that proved right in the end.

P Negi to H Pandya, That's it! Mumbai have won it and Hardik Pandya has finished it in the 19th over. Full toss on off, Hardik flat-bats it to long on and takes a single. Mumbai win by 5 wickets.
P Negi to H Pandya, WIDE! Pressure gets to Negi and he bowls it wide outside the tramline. Wide signalled.
P Negi to H Pandya, SIX! Only a couple required now. This is ruthless from Hardik. Floated on off, Hardik smokes it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
P Negi to H Pandya, FOUR! This might just be the last over. Flighted on off, Hardik slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
P Negi to H Pandya, FOUR! Crunched! Flatter outside off, Hardik flat bats it through covers for a boundary. Only 12 required off 9 balls now.
P Negi to H Pandya, SIX! Up, up and away! How much power does he generate through that bottom hand? Outside off, Hardik goes hard and swings cleanly through the line. High and handsome over long on.
P Negi to H Pandya, Excellent bowling. Short and spinning away from the batsman. Hardik looks to pull it but misses.

Pawan Negi into the attack again. Big risk. 3-0-25-0 so far.

M Siraj to H Pandya, Outside off, Pandya punches it towards long on and strolls for a single. Pollard wants the second but Hardik is not interested. 150 up for Mumbai. 22 needed in the final 2.
M Siraj to H Pandya, WIDE. Hardik walks across and Siraj bowls it well outside off. It is outside the tramline and signalled a wide.

Kieron Pollard walks in at number 7, for the finishing duties.

M Siraj to K Pandya, OUT! Siraj gets his first of the match and just what a time to get it! Good length delivery on middle. Siraj takes the pace off the ball. Krunal looks to flick it over mid-wicket but chips it towards cow corner. Substitute Milind Kumar there comes running in and takes a very good catch. Will that help Bangalore or Mumbai? Krunal's wicket will not hurt Mumbai much...
M Siraj to H Pandya, Good length ball around off, Hardik flat bats it to long off and takes a single.
M Siraj to H Pandya, WIDE. This one is wided. Full and well outside off, let through again.
M Siraj to H Pandya, Full and wide outside off, comes in late, grazing the wide line outside off, left alone. Lucky, is the bowler, that it is not wided.
M Siraj to H Pandya, FOUR! Easy peasy for Hardik. A short ball, outside off, Hardik smashes it over the bowler. One bounce and into the fence.
M Siraj to K Pandya, MISFIELD FROM KOHLI! And he is furious with himself. Full and outside off, Krunal punches it towards mid off and takes Kohli on. The skipper is ready to pick up and throw but fumbles at the last moment. Kicks the ball away in disgust.

Mohammed Siraj returns. 1-0-12-0 so far.

N Saini to H Pandya, DROPPED AND FOUR! Has Southee dropped the match here? Full length ball outside off, Hardik looks to heave it over mid off. He mistimes it and the ball goes high in the air. Tim Southee runs behind and looks to catch it with a dive. He gets his hand to it but cannot hold onto it. The ball then goes on the ropes.
N Saini to K Pandya, Good length ball outside off, Krunal punches it on the off side for a single.
N Saini to H Pandya, Good length delivery on off, Hardik moves across and flicks it to square leg for a single.
N Saini to H Pandya, Shorter in length, Hardik looks to pull but once again misses it.
N Saini to H Pandya, Back of length ball outside off, Hardik looks to hit it over the bowler but misses.
N Saini to H Pandya, FOUR! Not the way Saini would have liked to start the over. But definitely the way Mumbai wanted to start. Back of a length ball outside off, Hardik slaps it away over point for a boundary. The umpire goes upstairs to see whether the ball bounced before or on the ropes. Replays show that it was just inside the rope and the umpire signals it as a boundary.

Navdeep Saini is back on. 2-0-24-0 so far.

Y Chahal to H Pandya, Short again from Chahal, Hardik pulls it away and gets off the mark. Chahal finishes with the figures of 4-0-27-2. He is once again amongst the wickets.
Y Chahal to K Pandya, Tossed up on middle, Krunal sweeps it away for a single.
Y Chahal to K Pandya, Short outsie off, Krunal Pandya looks to cut but misses.

STRATEGIC BREAK. Are we in for a thriller? Mumbai were cruising through but some quiet overs have pushed the required run rate above 9.5. Not that it is a concern for Mumbai but the last 27 balls have yielded just 21 runs and a wicket. Probably, the wicket of Surya could be a blessing in disguise for the home side as Hardik Pandya has come out to bat. There is Pollard in the shed as well.

Y Chahal to S Yadav, OUT! Suryakumar Yadav holes out. Chahal with the breakthrough. Bangalore needed wicket and they have got it. They have not given Mumbai easy runs and the pressure has got to Suryakumar Yadav. Flighted delivery on off, Suryakumar Yadav tries to take the charge and go downtown. He gets a lot of height on it but it goes wide of long off. Navdeep Saini there settles under it and takes a very good catch in front of the ropes. 43 needed off 27 deliveries now.
Y Chahal to S Yadav, Short again on leg, Suryakumar Yadav gets on his back foot and lofts it wide of deep mid-wicket. Virat Kohli steams to the ball but cannot stop the second.
Y Chahal to S Yadav, Shorter on leg, Surykumar Yadav taps it back to the bowler.

Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl out.

P Negi to S Yadav, Full and around off, pushed down to long on for one more.
P Negi to K Pandya, Comes down the track and lofts it powerfully but straight to long off. Just a single.
P Negi to K Pandya, Short and outside off, pulled straight to short mid-wicket. A bit mistimed.
P Negi to K Pandya, WIDE. Full and well outside off, Krunal lets it go.
P Negi to S Yadav, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
P Negi to S Yadav, FOUR! Poor bowling. A long hop, outside off, Surya goes back and cuts it behind point for a boundary!
P Negi to S Yadav, That massive turn! Too good. Short ball, around off, grips the surface, Yadav looks to pull but the ball spins away a mile and beats the bat.

Pawan Negi is back on. 2-0-17-0 so far.