Published: Wed, April 18, 2018

Mumbai outplay Bangalore in IPL tie

Mumbai outplay Bangalore in IPL tie

But can Virat Kohli and Co. spoil the party for Mumbai?

With the kind of team Mumbai Indians has, theoretically it looked rather improbable that they would have had no wins to their name after 3 matches. Yadav took three wickets where Woakes, Sundar and Khejroliya took two wickets each for the team RCB.

The New Zealander bowled de Kock for 19 and then struck another big blow by having another South African A B de Villiers (1) caught in the deep to make it 42 for two. It was a pitch that thoroughly suited Lewis' propensity to hit on the up. McClenaghan strikes with wickets of Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers to put the hosts in control.

Mumbai's method was effective, but peculiar.

His 40-ball innings was laced with two boundaries and four sixes. All of these three are lower middle order pinch-hitters who can also give you four overs with the ball.

Lewis and Rohit played a brilliant innings and forged a 108-run partnership before Lewis was dismissed.

Still, the scoring rate didn't subside, compensated in plenty by sixes off every over of spin during that phase.

Rohit Sharma hammered 94 off 52 balls
Rohit Sharma hammered 94 off 52 balls

Both the teams go into this match with a decent batting line up which could steal the game away from their opponents anytime. With Sundar going for 32 off his two, Kohli made a decision to go with four overs from Anderson.

Rohit had last scored a hundred in the IPL back in 2012. Royal Challengers Banglore be held?

Washington Sundar (7), who gave away 32 runs in two overs while bowling earlier in the day, came a cropper with the bat too by becoming Krunal's third victim to leave RCB at a hard 86 for 5 in the 12th over.

KKR started their 2018 campaign in style with a comprehensive win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and then posted over 200 in their next match against the Chennai Super Kings. Mumbai bowlers went for 84 in six overs of powerplay, without striking any wicket. Will it be Rohit, McClenaghan, Markande? or nemesis Kohli, Chahal, Anderson?

Breaking it down further, teams have scored only 7.13 per over between overs seven and ten, and 8.11 between 11 and 15. They are one of the founding member of IPL and since the beginning of the tournament IPL they used to take part in it and yet to miss any season.

Mumbai's spinners found plenty of grip and looked altogether more menacing than Royal Challengers' duo. Mumbai Indians lost all the three matches whereas Royal Challengers Bangalore has won one match.

However, RCB's worries did not seem to end as they lost Corey Anderson and Sarfaraz Khan.

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