Sunday, 29 Nov, 2020


MI Stays on Top Surviving RCB Challenge

Saleque Sufi |
Update: 2020-10-29 11:14:49
MI Stays on Top Surviving RCB Challenge [Photo collected]

Dream11 IPL 2020, 48th Match
Mumbai Indians (MI) VS Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Played at Abu Dhavi, 28October, 2020
Brief Scorecard:
MI 166/5 (SA Yadav 79*, Ishan Kishan 25, Mohammad Siraj 2/28, YS Chahal 2/37) beat RCB 164/6 in 19.1 overs (D Padikkai 74, JR Philippe33, Bumrah 3/14) by 5 wickets.
Player of the Match: Suryakumar Yadav

It was a match between two evenly matched teams racing for confirming a place in top four ahead of each other. Much more intense competition was expected. Yet reigning champions arresting the surge of RCB middle and late order batting restricted them to 164/6 and then cruised to victory by 5 wickets scoring 166/5. 

The turning point of the match was not letting flamboyant Virat Kohli and Mr. 360 AD de Villiers spreading their wings. Now with 16 points from 12 matches MI is the only team, which is assured of a business session of IPL 2020. The theoretical possibilities of at least 6 teams are there to grab other 3 spots. Game on. Every match now is of great importance.

RCB fielded Western Australian opening batsman Philippe to start their innings along with inform Padikkai. The pair batted admirably putting together 71 runs by the 8th over signaling a huge score. West Indies limited over captain Pollard was leading the side in the absence of injured Rohit Sharma. His smart bowling changes managed arresting the flow of runs as Virat Kohli and AB de Viliiers could be sent back before they could send their roots at the wicket. RCB innings lost the momentum. As usual Bumrah (3/14) looked unplayable. However, Padikkai (74) batting deep till 17th over led RCB reaching a challenging 164/6.  Had not MI bowlers bowled smartly in the middle overs the score could easily go beyond the horizon.

Chasing 165 for a win for very strong MI batting despite of the absence of prolific Rohit was not much of an issue. Moreover, their strike bowlers Dayle Steyn or Chris Moyle could not repeat what Bumrah did. Good works of Siraj
(2/28) and Chahal (2/37) created some challenges. Suryakumar Yadav playing a fluent innings of unbeaten 79 in 43 deliveries assured MI that they enter the elite club ahead of any other team. MI won by 5 wickets with 5 balls left of the match.

BDST: 1115 HRS, OCT 29, 2020

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