M48 : Mumbai Indians became first team to qualify for playoffs, beat RCB by 5 wickets
Mumbai Indians (MI) won the 48th match of the 13th season of IPL. Mumbai beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 5 wickets in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night. Mumbai scored 166 runs for 5 wickets in 19.1 overs and achieved the victory target (165 runs). The hero of Mumbai's victory was Suryakumar Yadav, who played a strong innings of 79 not out. Earlier, Mumbai held Bengaluru to a score of 164/6 thanks to Jaspreet Bumrah's sharp bowling (4-1-14-3).
With this, Mumbai Indians (MI) became the first team of the current season to qualify for the 'play off'. Now only a miracle can stop Mumbai from the play off. After this win, Mumbai is on top with 16 points in 12 matches, while RCB is in second place with 14 points in the same number of matches. Delhi Capitals have 14 points from 12 matches, but are ranked third based on net run rate. Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders have 12 points from 12 matches.
This is Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fifth defeat and its 14 points in 12 matches. Bengaluru will have to win one more match to ensure their place in the 'play off'.
Chasing a target of 165 runs, Mumbai got the first blow on the score of 37, when Quinton De Kock (18) was returned by Mohammad Siraj. On the score of 52, Ishaan Kishan (25) gave away the wicket to Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mumbai's third wicket fell at a score of 72. Siraj made Saurabh Tiwari (5) his victim. On the score of 107, Chahal made Krunal Pandya (10) his victim. After this, Hardik Pandya (17) lost his wicket after reaching close to victory. Siraj showed him the path of the pavilion by taking a catch. Chris Morris got that wicket. Eventually, Suryakumar Yadav (79 not out, 43 balls, 10 fours, 3 sixes) led the team to victory.
Bengaluru scored 164/6.
In front of Jasprit Bumrah's best bowling, no batsman of Royal Challengers Bangalore could stand except for Devdutt Paddikal. In comparison to the top two teams, Virat Kohli's team could score 164 runs for 6 wickets.
First sent for batting, RCB scored 74 runs in 45 balls with the help of 12 fours and a six. He added 71 runs for the first wicket with Josh Philippe (33). After this the middle order of RCB collapsed and the bowlers of Mumbai kept the pressure on.
Jaspreet Bumrah took 3 wickets for just 14 runs in 4 overs. He also completed his 100 wickets in the IPL during this period. He got 102 wickets in 89 matches now.
Paddikkal's brilliant innings
Paddikal started with four on the deep extra cover and hit three consecutive fours to Krunal Pandya in the third over. Both the openers continued to play without any pressure. Philippe also hit Trent Boult for a six in the fifth over. Paddikal hit two boundaries in James Pattinson's next over.
RCB's score in the sixth over was 54 runs without any loss. After this, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar lured Philippe who missed the ball trying to come out of the crease, but Quinton De Kock did not miss a stumping. Paddikal completed his half-century by hitting Chahar with two fours.
Captain Kohli could not capitalize
Captain Virat Kohli (9) could not stand, who was sent back to pavilion by Bumrah in the hands of Saurabh Tiwari. However, from the other end, Paddikal hit Chahar to 16 runs in the 15th over with a six and two fours. RCB lost 4 middle wickets in sort span of time.
RCB's score was 138 for 6 with AB de Villiers (15), Shivam Dubey (3), Paddikal and Chris Morris (4) returning to the pavilion. Gurkirat Mann scored 14 runs fast, but in the death overs Mumbai bowlers performed as well as ever. Only 35 runs were scored in the last five overs.