MI vs RCB: Harshal Patel registers his hat-trick in IPL, overall taking four wickets. MI could not act upon the start which then turned into a horror show. Maxwell lights up Dubai with his trademark batting performance.
As we have seen teams this time around likes to chase, even if they are big. That’s what Rohit Sharma did after claiming the toss.
Virat Kohli(51) showing his class with yet another half-century while he was well supported by Srikar Bharat(32) who is playing his first IPL. That partnership between the two got Royal Challenger going.
as usual for MI, Bumrah was outstanding but a bit expensive. He claimed the likes of Devdutt Padikkal for a duck, following up with Glenn Maxwell’s well-set wicket, and finally proved lethal for AB de Villiers too. He will be a true match-winner for India.
Talking about match-winning performance, Harshal Patel who is the purple cap holder with 19 wickets before the match, has a hat trick to his name to win it for RCB. Not surprisingly, all three wickets were on slower balls. Hardik, Pollard, and Chahar were the victim of this show.
Glenn Maxwell(56) used his reverse sweeps and switch hits and reverse scoops very effectively against every bowler. With three huge sixes and six cheeky boundaries, Maxwell helped Bangalore finish on a high note.
Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, and Kieran Pollard all failed to perform for MI. This is worrisome as MI are in need of those wins desperately.
The only positive for Mumbai Indians is that from the last matches, their opening stand has been of a high standard. Quinton de Kock(24) is always destructive till he is on the crease, while Rohit(43) has been in a tremendous form lately.
Yuzvendra Chahal after two silent games regains the confidence against mighty MI picking up 3 important breakthroughs. Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan failed to recognize the googlies while Bumrah was not the one to be blamed.
Mumbai needs just one game to turn their fortune around as they have done several times in the past. Their bowling is also a big positive with Trent Boult boulting yorkers right at the spot.
RCB were the better team going forward in this match. Winning the match by a comfortable 54 runs.