Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav helped Mumbai Indians to ease out the much-anticipated pressure about the teams to qualify for the playoffs stage. On Wednesday, MI became the first team to qualify for the knockouts as they beat RCB by five wickets.
In the 48th match of the IPL 2020, the top two teams clashed together in Abu Dhabi in vying to strengthen their chances to make it to the playoffs. Sending RCB to bat first, the team rode on the innings of Devdutt Padikkal who hit his fourth half-century of the tournament but it was not enough for the team as MI chased the score with five balls to spare and became the first team to get to the 16 points.
Royal Challengers Bangalore innings – Bumrah brilliance keep RCB at bay
A change at the top, Aaron Finch is replaced by his junior fellow-mate Josh Philippe at the top. Making 236 runs in 11 innings, Finch hasn’t fired yet in the tournament with only one fifty to his name.
However, his substitute didn’t disappoint. Opening the innings with Devdutt Padikkal, the pair added 71 runs for the first wicket. Philippe was the first to go in the 8th over for his 33 runs.
Out come the highest-scorer for RCB, captain Virat Kohli. Played a slow innings, Kohli holed out by Jasprit Bumrah for just 9 runs in 14 balls.
Next, another T20 superstar, AB de Villiers. However, he too failed to score big and took the innings to a high-finish total. A brilliant move by stand-in captain Kieron Pollard who bring himself to bowl at de Villiers. A dipping below waist ball had actually got de Villiers, leaving the score to 131 for 3.
Riding on Padikkal’s fifty, the team looked to score big but it was Bumrah brilliance who bowled a double-wicket maiden in the 17th over of the game taking the wickets of set batsman Padikkal and Shivam Dube.
RCB finished on 164-6 in their 20 overs, which was about 20 runs short according to Kohli.
Jasprit Bumrah bowled exceptionally well. He returned with the figures of three wickets for 14 runs. Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, and Kieron Pollard all picked up one wicket each.
Mumbai Indians innings – Suryakumar Yadav show
A Rohit Sharma-less MI needed 165 to qualify for the playoffs and they did that with five balls to spare thanks to a fighting fifty by Suryakumar Yadav.
Opening the innings, Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan made 37 runs before de Kock falling to Mohammed Siraj.
A quick succession of wickets checked Mumbai and leaving them to the score of 107-4 in 14 overs. Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal were the bowlers.
As the wickets were going down at one end, Suryakumar Yadav was holding the other end firmly. He ensured that he stuck to the wicket and took the chase deep. Striking beautifully all along the ground, Yadav showed his range of shots. He continuously kept on hitting boundaries and even hit Dale Steyn and Siraj for three boundaries in their overs.
MI needed 48 runs from the last five overs. The over didn’t start as RCB would have liked. Belted for three boundaries in the first four balls, Yadav is on top of Siraj. A 13-run over helped MI big time to start the last phase of the innings.
Yadav kept on hitting boundaries and scoring runs in the final death overs. Hitting all the bowlers, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, and Siraj to help his team a big victory over RCB. He finished the match with a first-ball boundary in the last over of the innings.
Siraj and Chahal picked up two wickets each. Chris Morris got one. Dale Steyn finished went wicketless conceding 43 runs in his four overs. Despite economical bowling from Washington Sundar, his team failed to defend the score.
Suryakumar Yadav, for his 79* off 43 balls that include ten 4s and three 6s, was the man of the match for the night.
Man of the Match: Suryakumar Yadav
Result: Mumbai Indians win by 5 wickets
Points: Mumbai Indians 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0