Bengaluru | Mumbai Indians posted an impressive six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match here Wednesday.
The crucial win helped MI to take the fourth spot on the table while RCB will now have to win their remaining four games and hope for other results to go their way to seal a playoff spot.
For the visitors, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium has always been a happy hunting ground and on Wednesday they posted their sixth win in seven encounters against the home team. Having restricted the RCB to just 151/4, Mumbai Indians knocked off the target with eight balls to spare. It was a clinical display as the bowlers executed their plans well against a strong batting line-up and the batsmen planned their chase well after losing Parthiv Patel on the seventh ball of their innings.
Rohit Sharma (25) and Ambati Rayudu (44) batted with caution and did not panic even though the Powerplay overs fetched only 39 runs. They stuck to their plan and continued to bat in the same fashion when the field was spread out. The two focused on rotating the strike before Rohit’s miscued shot resulted in his wicket in the 10th over.
With Varun Aaron ending the 58-run stand, the home team looked to build pressure. Playing his maiden IPL game, young Nitish Rana batting at No. 4, perished for just nine when he was caught brilliantly by Stuart Binny in the deep. The home team lifted themselves in the field and a magical effort from AB de Villiers ended Rayudu’s stay in the middle for 44. de Villiers ran hard from long-on to take an excellent diving catch off Aaron’s bowling.
After Rayudu’s dismissal, the Mumbai Indians still needed 44 from four overs but their overseas batsmen Kieron Pollard (35 off 19) and Jos Buttler batted beautifully to seal the victory.
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore: 151/4 in 20 overs (Lokesh Rahul 68 not out, Sachin Baby 25 not out; Hardik Pandya 1/15).
Mumbai Indians: 153 for 4 in 18.4 overs (Ambati Rayudu 44, Kieron Pollard 35 not out; Varun Aaron 2/37).