IPL 2018: Bowlers turn it around for RCB, Mumbai Indians lose by 14 runs

Royal Challengers Bangalore's Virat Kohli celebrates with teammates the wicket of Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma during the IPL 2018 cricket match at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Photo: PTI
In the 31st match of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, Mumbai's inning derailed just after the start and the batsmen couldn't bring it on track after that. RCB pulled up a great show with the ball this time and it did turn the fortunes for the team as they climbed to the 5th spot in VIVO IPL points table. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and Mumbai had no answer to RCB's bowling attack. Mumbai desperately needed a partnership and RCB was denying it to them. With most of the top order gone much was left on Pandya brothers. Mumbai was in recovery mode as Pandya brothers stuck to the crease to build the much-needed partnership. The match moved towards the last leg and RCB needed a wicket here to avoid any unfavourable twist and that wicket came on the second last over as Krunal Pandya ended up losing his wicket, Mandeep took a simple catch. Hardik Pandya made his fifty and Mumbai needed a big over to win this one but RCB captain Virat Kohli took a splendid catch and ended Hardik Pandya's inning, and so Mumbai's hope of winning the match. RCB pulled a great victory and the revival of their bowling was another good sign for the team.

Mumbai Indians innings update: over by over

Over 1: Tim Southee to Suryakumar Yadav, no run of the first ball. Another dot ball. 3rd ball hit for four in the cover region followed by a brilliant delivery by Southee which gone past the outside edge. Outside edge got the finger tips of Vohra standing in the first slip, went for single. Ishan Kishan clean bowled of the last ball of the over. MI: 5/1

Over 2: Umesh Yadav to Suryakumar Yadav, no run. Single taken of the 2nd ball. Wide. No run as Duminy left the ball. Cut shot to bring first four of the over. Single taken of the 4th ball. Suryakumar flicked the last ball of the over for four to end the over. MI: 16/1

Over 3: Southee continues, Wide. No run. Cracking shot by J P Duminy, four runs. Swing and a miss. DOt balls. MI: 21-1

Over 4: Umesh Yadav comes in the attack. Suryakumar is LBW, reviews, he is out. Rohit Sharma is the new man in, edge and appeal, not out says umpire. RCB reviews, HE IS OUT. Golden duck for Rohit. Keiron Pollard is the new man in. Hat-trick saved. Dot to finish. MI: 24-3

Over 5: Siraj is in the attack. Dot balls, dealing in singles. Wide signalled. Leading edge for one. MI: 29-3

Over 6: Umesh continues, Pollard hits for four. Swing and a miss. Single to Pollard. Single to Duminy. Pollard swings and misses. Single, over throw for four. MI: 40-3

Over 7: Yuzvendra Chahal is in the attack. Dot ball. One run. Huge turn, spin, 5 wides. Wide again. Dot. Seven from the over. MI: 47-3

Over 8: Siraj continues, Pollard edges, and he is gone. He goes for 13. Hardik Pandya is the new man in. Single to him on the first ball. Wide down the leg side. Down the leg side for one. 50 up for MI. Pulled in the gap for four. MI: 55-4

Over 9: Chahal continues, Starts with a dot. Beautiful turn. Fuller length and Hardik hits it for a four over Chahal's head. Single. Single to Duminy. Single to Pandya. MI: 62-4

Over 10: Washington Sundar is the new bowler, single to Hardik. Single to Duminy, good turn. Hardik hits it for four. Two runs. SIX for Hardik. Single to end the over. MI 77-4

Over 11: Chahal continues, one run. Dot ball. Dot again. Swept for one. What a spin.Single to end the over. MI: 80-4

Over 12: Colin de Grandhomme is the new bowler, Single, one more. Pulled for one. Dot ball. Double taken, Run out chance. Duminy is run out. Brilliant run out by Umesh Yadav. MI: 84-5

Over 13: Chahal to Hardik, no run to start with. Hardik took a single of the second ball. Another single taken by Krunal, his first, Wide. Leg-bye taken. Krunal hit a four to end the final over of Chahal. MI: 92-5

Over 14: Colin continues, Bouncer, hit on Hardik's shoulder. 4 Wides. Dot ball. Single to Hardik. Driven, straight to the fielder. 1 byes. Single to Hardik. MI: 100-5

Over 15: Umesh continues, Hardik flicks for one. Krunal plays to long-on for one. Dot. One run. In the air, just two. Single to Krunal. MI 106-5

Over 16: Colin continues, Krunal hits it for a huge SIX. Misses it. Single to Hardik. Lucky for Hardik. One run.  Four, glanced for four behind the stump. MI: 123-6

Over 17: Siraj continues, one run to Krunal. Brilliant bowling. Good yorkers. Four of the last ball. MI: 133-5

Over 18: Southee comes to bowl. Krunal hits it hard to long-off for one. Stunning fielding by Colin, saved three runs. Another single. Amazing Yorker. Slashed hard, just one. MI: 138-5

Over 19: Siraj to bowl the penultimate over. Full toss, just one run. RCB reviews for LBW. Inside edge. Pandya hits it hard, loses his bat, just one. Krunal plays an awkward shot, in the air, OUT. Krunal goes for 23. Swing and a miss. Single to Hardik. 50 for Hardik. Full toss, just two. MI: 143-6

Over 20: Tim Southee to finish it off. Mumbai needs 25 from 6 balls. Hardik hits it to long-on, captain Kohli takes a beauty. Mitchell McClenaghan hits it for four. Dot ball. Kohli looks happy. Just one. Brilliant yorker. This is world class bowling. SIX. RCB win by 14 runs. 
Mumbai Indians innings analysis after end of innings

Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan opened for Mumbai. Tim Southee opened the bowling for RCB and Yadav hits a boundary on the third ball. A chance of an edge came on the 5th ball but Yadav was dropped at slips by Vohra. Southee made the first strike in the next ball as the ball swung and hit the stumps, Kishan was back to the pavilion.JP Duminy came next and Yadav managed good line and length despite that he was hit for a boundary on the 4th ball. The second over ended with a boundary. Southee bowled the third over adn Duminy hit a classic cover drive on the second ball. Mumbai Indians were 21/1 after 3 overs. Suryakumar Yadav 9(8) and JP Duminy (9) were at the strike.

Yadav got the back to back success on the first two balls of the 4th over. Suryakumar Yadav was LBW and Captain Rohit Sharma was dismissed on a golden duck. Keiron Pollard came to bat and Umesh Yadav maintained the pressure on the batsmen. Mohammed Siraj came for the 5th over and Mumbai Indians batsmen let the over pass in singles and doubles. Umesh Yadav was asked to bowl the 6th over and Pollard started it with a boundary. The remaining over was going fine but in the last ball, Mumbai got 5 runs in the form of overthrow. Mumbai indians were 40/3 after 6 overs. Keiron Pollard 12(9) and JP Duminy 13(16) were at the strike

Yuzuvendra Chahal came to bowl the 7th over and conceded 7 runs of which 1 run came from bat while 6 extra (wide) runs. Siraj continued from the other end and took the wicket of mighty Pollard of the first ball. Mumbai Indians were in deep trouble as top 4 batsmen got out cheaply. Hardik Pandya came to the crease after the wicket of Kieron Pollard (13 runs off 13 balls). Siraj conceded 8 runs in his 2nd over, Chahal continued from the other end and Pandya hit the 3rd ball for four and took a single off the next, a sensible bowling, as the leg spinner conceded 7 runs in his 2nd over.

As the pitch was spinning Virat Kohli asked Washington Sundar to bowl the 10th over but Hardik Pandya had different plans as he hit a six and four to collect 15 runs of the over. Chahal came to bowl the 11th over and put the lid on run flow as he conceded only 3 runs. The major worry for RCB was run the other end. At last Colin de Grandhomme came to bowl 12th over and gave only 4 runs and the overproduced the wicket of Duminy. After the end of the 12th over Mumbai Indians were 84 for the loss of 5 wickets with Hardik Pandya (25 runs off 9 balls) and Krunal Pandya on the crease.   

Chahal came to bowl the 13th over of the innings and conceded 8 runs as he went wicket-less of his 4 over despite turning the ball square. Grandhomme continued from the other end and a wide ball went for four but he pulled back brilliantly to concede only 3 runs of the last 5 balls. The Mumbai Indians needed a brilliant partnership from Pandya brothers as the required run-rate jumped to over 11 runs per over. Umesh Yadav came to bowl the 15th over and gave only 6 runs as required run-rate jumped to 12.4 runs per over. Grandhomme came to bowl the 16th over and Krunal greeted him with a six over mid-wicket, a much need strike by Krunal. Hardik to collected a four of the 4th ball of a French cut. Pandya brothers collected 17 runs of the Grandhomme’s 3rd over. After the end of the 16th over, Mumbai Indians scored 123 runs for the loss of 5 wickets with hardik Pandya (40 runs off 33 balls) and Krunal (16 runs off 10 balls) at the crease

Siraj came to bowl the 17th over and conceded only 6 runs of the first 5 balls but Hardik hit the last ball for four to bring the run-rate down to less than 12 runs per over. Tim Southee came to bowl the 18th over and Krunal tried to score a maximum of the first ball but managed to get only a single. Grandhomme fielded brilliantly to save 3 runs for RCB as Hardik hit a brilliant shot down the ground. Southee bowled brilliantly to concede only 5 runs. Siraj came to bowl the penultimate over and took the wicket of Krunal of the 3rd ball of the over to break the 56 runs partnership. Hardik took a single off the 5th ball to complete his fifty. Siraj bowled brilliantly to concede only 5 runs as MI needed 25 runs off the last over of the innings. Southee to came to bowl the last over and took the wicket of Hardik Pandya. Southee conceded 10 runs as RCB won the match by 14 runs. 

Royal Challengers Banglore innings update: Over by over

Over 1: Manna Vohra and Quinton de Kock to open for RCB. J P Duminy to start for MI. Dot ball. SIX. What a shot. Appeal for leg before. Dot ball. Swept for no run. Huge turn, in the air, just short. RCB: 6-0

Over 2: Mitchell McClenaghan is the new bowler. De Kock takes single. Vohra swing and a miss. Leading edge, falling short of the fielder. Flicked for one. Inside edge, onto the pads of De Kock. Dot ball. RCB: 8-0

Over 3: Bumrah is the new man in. Dot ball. Vohra steps out for one. Single to De Kock. Another single. Swing and a miss. Same again. RCB: 11-0

Over 4: Duminy continues, Vohra, started with a four followed by six of the second ball. Another four of the 3rd ball, Vohra on fire, another six. Single of the 5th ball. Another single to end the over. RCB: 33-0

Over 5: Mitchell continues, Dot to De Kock. Onto the pads this time, no run. Swing and a miss. High in the air,  goes for four over third man. Bowls to the pads of De Kock, no run. Wide. In the air, taken. Going for the third umpire. OUT. De Kock goes for 7. RCB: 38-1

Over 6: Brendon McCullum is the new man in for RCB. Krunal Pandya comes into the attack. Two runs for Vohra. Dot ball. Swing of the bat and miss, dot ball. Another dot. Good lofted shot for one. Quick single. RCB: 43-1

Over 7: Mayank Markande comes to the attack. McCullum reverse sweeps for four. Dot ball, nice spin. Leading edge, lands safely. Ball spinning really well. One to end the over. RCB: 50-1

Over 8: Krunal continues, just one. well defended. One run to McCullum. Swept well for one. Brilliant ball, McCullum had no idea. Excellent bowling. RCB: 53-1

Over 9: Markande continues, fuller length ball, one run. Reverse sweep for one. Vohra wacks it for a huge six. OUT, LBW. Vohra is gone, REVIEWED. OUT. Manan Vohra goes for 45. RCB: 61-2. Virat Kohli comes to the crease. Single to him. RCB: 62-2

Over 10: Hardik Pandya comes to the attack. Dangerous single. McCullum was almost gone. NO BALL due to height, goes for SIX. Here is the free hit. Scooped for six over the keeper.  Swing and a miss. Brilliant short for four. Cracking shot for one. Very quick single for one. RCB: 82-2

Over 11: Krunal Pandya is back, Virat greets him with a classic four. Very quick double. Dot ball. Inside edge, barely misses the stumps, one run. Swept behind the wicket, just for one. Chipped in the air, just for one. RCB: 91-2

Over 12: Markande continues, Kohli hits it really hard straight drive for four. Dot ball. Misses the sweep again. Just one for Kohli. McCullum hits a powerful shot for four, nicely pulled. And Again, four runs with a similar shot. RCB: 104-2 

Over 13: Krumal comes back to the attack, dot ball. Kohli steps out, hits a huge SIX. Dot ball. Kohli takes a single. RCB: 112-2

Over 14: Bumrah is back, single. Kohli hits high in the air, falls safely. Single to McCullum. Brilliant line, Kohli clueless. No man's land again. RCB: 119-2

Over 15: Mitchell McClenaghan is back, McCullum hits in the air and falls safely. Swing and a miss. Cracking shot, and Mc Cullum is run out. Terrific throw. Mandeep Singh is the new man in. Single to Kohli. Fine edge for single. Dot ball, Kohli frustrated. 

Over 16: Hardik continues, Mandeep takes single. Kohli misses. In the air, safe. Swing and a miss for Kohli again. Pulled for four. Dot again. RCB: 129: 3

Over 17: Bumrah comes in, Single to Kohli. Mandeep takes a single. Pulled ferociously for one. Mandeep wacks it for a six. Dot ball. Nicely flicked for one. RCB: 139-3

Over 18: Hardik continues, Mandeep hits high in the air and he is caught on the boundary. He goes for 14. Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in. Kohli hits in the air, he is gone for 32. Hardik gets two wickets in two balls. Washington Sundar is the new man in. Leading edge, one run. Hit for one. Dot ball. Washington pulls and finds a fielder. Gone for one. RCB: 141-6

Over 19: Tim Southee is the new man in, Bumrah continues. One run. Swing and a miss. Again, swings and misses. Full toss, should have been put away, just one. Southee hits it too high in the air, Ben Cuttings take a brilliant catch. Dot ball. RCB: 143-7

Over 20: Mitchell McClenaghan is back, one run. One more single. Swing and a miss, one run. Colin pulls for a six, 150 up for RCB. Two more to him. SIX, and a no ball due to height. FREE HIT for RCB, blessing. SXI more. Colin scores 23 from 10 balls. 
Royal Challengers Banglore innings analysis after end of innings

In the first over Manan Vohra and Quinton de Kock opened the batting for RCB and JP Duminy came for the bowling for MI. Vohra slog-sweep and hit a six towards deep backward square on the second ball of the over. Mitchell McClenaghan came for the second over and RCB batsmen managed just two singles off it. Jasprit Bumrah came in with the ball in the third over, the batsmen rotated strike thrice. After 3 overs, RCB were 11/0. Manan Vohra 9 (12) and Quinton de Kock 2(6) were on strike.

Duminy came for the fourth over and Manan Vohra smashed back to back sixes and fours. The run rate and team score saw a sudden jump in the over. Mitchell McClenaghan bowled the fifth one and de Kock hit a boundary after three dot balls. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma took a brilliant catch on the last ball of the over as he wrapped the ball under his fingers before it touched the ground. De Kock had to depart, Brendon McCullum replaced him. Krunal Pandya came for the 6th over and RCB got 5 runs from it. After 6 overs, RCB were 43/1. Manan Vohra 35 (23) and Brendon McCullum 0 (0) were on strike.

Mayank Markande came to bowl the 7th over and Vohra took a single off the first ball, McCullum reverse swept the first ball he played for four behind the wicket-keeper. Markande conceded 7 runs in his first over. Krunal Pandya continued from the other end and RCB batsmen, McCullum and Vohra, struggled to score run in the spinning pitch. Krunal gave away 3 runs in his second over. Markande came to bowl the 9th over and Vohra hit the 3rd ball of the over for six over mid-wicket, followed by the wicket of Manan Vohra who get trapped in front of the wicket. Vohra scored 45 runs off 31 balls, gives the much-needed thrust to the scoring, with a strike rate of 145.16. Virat Kohli came to bat after the fall of Vohra’s wicket.

Hardik Pandya came to bowl the 10th over and Kohli took a risky single. McCullum hit two consecutive sixes to bring the momentum back in the RCB’s way and McCullum slapped the 4th ball for four in the cover region. Hardik conceded 20 runs in his first over. Krunal came to bowl the 11th over of the innings and Kohli welcomed him with an inside-out four over the cover. Krunal Pulled it back brilliantly and gave away only 5 runs in the remaining 5 balls. Markande came to bowl the 12th over and Kohli hit the first ball straight down the ground for four. McCullum too joined the party and hit two consecutive boundaries to end the over. 

After the end of the 12th over RCB were 104 for 2 with Virat (16 runs off 12 balls) and McCullum (32 runs off 17 balls) at the crease.

Krunal continued from the other end and Kohli hit the 2nd ball for six after no run of the first over. Krunal being the best bowler till now gave only 2 runs of the remaining 4 balls. Krunal finished his quota of overs with the bowling figure of 4-24-0. In a desperate need of wickets Rohit aksed his go-to bowler Bumrah and do produce a top edge but the ball falls in the no man’s land. Bumrah contained the run flow as he gave only 7 runs and didn’t allow Kohli to hit big shots. McClenaghan came to bowl the 15th over, McCullum got run out in desperate need to accelerate the run-flow. McCullum scored 37 runs off 25 balls with a strike rate of 148. Mandeep Singh came to the crease after the dismissal of McCullum. McClenaghan gave away 4 runs in his 3rd over. Hardik Pandya came to bowl the 16th over and bowled brilliantly as he gave away only 6 runs. After the end of the 16th over Royal Challengers Bangalore made 126 runs for the loss of 3 wickets with Virat Kohli (30 runs off 23 balls) and Mandeep Singh ( 6 runs of 5 balls)on the crease.

Bumrah came to bowl the 17th over and gave only 3 runs before Mandeep hit the 4th ball of the over for 6 over mid-wicket. Bumrah conceded 10 runs in his 3rd over. Hardik came to bowl the 18th over and gave a double blow to RCB as he took the wicket of Mandeep and Virat Kohli of the first two balls. Washington Sundar and Colin de Grandhomme two new batsmen on the crease. Hardik took the wicket of Sundar of the last ball to the over. A match changing over by Hardik as he gave away only 2 runs and took 3 wickets. Bumrah continued from the other end and bowled brilliantly to concede only 2 runs and took 1 wicket to end his full quota of overs. McClenaghan came to bowl the last over of the innings conceded Grandhomme ensured that RCB go past 150 runs. Grandhomme hit two consecutive sixes off the last ball to bring a respectable total of 167. 

Here are the squads for both the teams:

Mumbai Indians playing XI for today's match: Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan(w), Jean-Paul Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.

Royal Challengers Bangalore playing XI for today's match: Quinton de Kock(w), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli(c), Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Match preview


Having beaten Chennai Super Kings in their adopted home ground of Pune, MI will go out with their tails up and confidence to take on the strong batting line-up of RCB, which has the likes of Virat Kohli and Brendon McCullum. Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last encounter by 46 runs at the Wankhede Stadium, with Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis hitting 94 and 65, respectively. For MI, except Suryakumar Yadav, who has 274 runs under his belt in seven matches as an opener, others have been mostly inconsistent. Rohit Sharma also needs to find form as the India opener has struggled to get past 20 in five games. Big-hitting West Indian all-rounder Keiron Pollard, in his twilight years, has been out of form. He was dropped in the previous game. Jean-Paul Duminy, who came in for Pollard in the previous game, would be itching to be in the thick of things. The South African did not bat in the last match as Mumbai crossed the winning mark without requiring his services.


Coming to the Pandya brothers -- Hardik and Krunal -- who have been good in their bowling, would like to get big knocks with the bat. They have managed to score just 61 and 113 runs, respectively, in the seven matches they have played. Mumbai will again bank on young spinner Mayank Markande, who has so far bagged 10 wickets from seven games with his leg-spin, to deliver the goods.


On the other hand, for RCB, the heartbreaking back-to-back defeats at the hands of CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders in their backyard would have devastated the team's confidence. But they will have to play out of their skin to stay in the competition. RCB would be praying for the return of AB de Villiers, who did not play the previous game due to fever. The South African star has been in his prime form this season, smashing 68 off 30 balls against CSK and singlehandedly defeating Delhi Daredevils with his unbeaten 39-ball 90. Kohli would be keen to produce another special knock in this crunch situation, especially after getting two unbeaten knocks of 92 and 68 against Mumbai and KKR, respectively. Opener Quinton De Kock, who has scored 194 runs so far, would like to carry on with his good performance. The spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar and seamers Chris Woakes and Umesh Yadav have done well in parts and need to bring their best in order to avoid another defeat which could endanger RCB's playoff chances.


Here are a few things to know before the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians (RCB vs MI) match to be played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, the two teams' players who could prove handy, and who has said what before the clash:


What Suryakumar Yadav said about Rohit Sharma’s batting position: Mumbai Indians' highest run-getter this IPL season, Suryakumar Yadav, said his captain Rohit Sharma is likely to bat higher up the order in the coming games. "It is his and team management's decision to come down the order. May be he wants to take more responsibility by playing till the end. But, he has been performing at all numbers - at one-down or two-down. In the last game, he came up and shouldered the responsibility. Obviously, in coming games we can see more of it," Suryakumar Yadav said.


We don't deserve to win if we field like that, said Virat Kohli: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli said they didn't deserve to win against Kolkata Knight Riders and blamed the sloppy fielding for their six-wicket loss which has jeopardised their IPL campaign. "If we look back, we didn't deserve to win. I don't think we're trying hard enough, we need to be hard on ourselves. We don't deserve to win if we field like that. We can't afford to field like that and let singles go to boundaries. We were just not good enough tonight."


What MI captain Rohit Sharma said after winning against CSK: Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma believes their eight-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings will boost his side's confidence for the remaining Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. "Wanted this win desperately. In desperation, we didn't want to take decisions that won't go well. Wanted to stay calm. We've played good cricket. But that finishing touch wasn't happening," said the 30-year-old.


Venkatapathy Raju impressed with Markande's control over leg-spin: Impressed with leg-spinner Mayank Markhande's bowling for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, former India spinner Venkatapathy Raju praised him and termed control as the rookie's strongest point while also describing Sunrisers Hyderabad as having the best bowling attack. Markande, the main thing is (his) first year (and the) first match and they (MI) made him play which itself shows the talent he has. You have seen a lot of youngsters come in and they sit (out) for a year, then they are put in," Raju said.


How RCB and MI compare head to head in IPL matches played so far:



Matches played: 23

Royal Challengers Bangalore won: 9

Mumbai Indians won: 14


Among all the IPL teams, the Mumbai Indians have the most wins against Royal Challengers Bangalore.


Some trivia ahead of today’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians (RCB vs MI)

  • In the context of the history of the IPL, MI and RCB are the two most successful bowling sides. From all their matches in the eleven seasons so far, MI have taken a total of 1000 wickets – the only team to touch the four-figure mark, while RCB are a distant second with a tally of 918 wickets.
  • This is already Suryakumar Yadav’s most successful season in IPL; he has an aggregate of 274 runs in 7 innings so far. His previous best season aggregate was 182 runs (2016). 
  • The average first innings total in the 5 VIVO IPL 2018 matches in Bengaluru is 185; the team chasing has won 4 of these matches.

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