Mumbai Indians Crush Royal Challengers Bengaluru with Bumrah’s Brilliant 5 Wickets Haul

Mumbai Indians displayed a dominant performance, powered by Jasprit Bumrah’s exceptional bowling and explosive batting from Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav.

RCB reached 196 thanks to fifty-scores from du Plessis, Patidar, and Karthik, but MI exceeded that in just 15.3 overs.

Mumbai Indians Crush Royal Challengers Bengaluru with Bumrah’s Brilliant 5 Wickets Haul

Royal Challengers Bengaluru 196 for 8 (Du Plessis 61, Karthik 53*, Patidar 50, Bumrah 5-21) were defeated by Mumbai Indians 199 for 3 (Kishan 69, Suryakumar 52, Rohit 38, Jacks 1-24) by seven wickets.

Five 50-plus scores were scored on the bash-through-the-line Wankhede surface in the dewy circumstances, including a 17-ball half-century from Suryakumar Yadav. However, Jasprit Bumrah provided the most significant effort of the evening, setting up the Mumbai Indians‘ second straight triumph at home.

Despite Dinesh Karthik’s creative 53 not out off 23 balls, Bumrah’s 5 for 21 (he was on a hat-trick twice) held Royal Challengers Bengaluru to 196 for 8. Karthik gave RCB a substantial score by hitting four sixes and a four off the final seven balls he faced that were legal.

However, it appeared smaller than it actually was when Ishan Kishan scored a half-century in the chase within the powerplay with 23 balls. When Suryakumar showed off his strength and range in just his second game back from injury, it appeared much smaller. With seven wickets remaining and about five overs remaining, MI ultimately crushed the goal.

Earlier in the evening, Captain Hardik Pandya bowled a solitary over and was jeered, but when he ended the chase with a six, a sizable audience cheered him on.

Faf and Patidar Stepped Up for RCB

When Rajat Patidar and Faf du Plessis combined, RCB was 23 for 2 in the fourth over.

Prior to that, in his opening over, the third of the innings, Bumrah had Virat Kohli swiping and edging behind for three runs off nine balls. The next over saw Akash Madhwal produce his trademark slip to force Will Jacks—who was replacing Cameron Green in the IPL—to flail a catch to mid-on for eight.

By remaining leg side of the ball and pumping the ball over the top with his hands, Du Plessis attempted to salvage the powerplay. Like Du Plessis, Patidar got out to a fast start and went on to become the first of many half-centurions in the match.

After hitting two consecutive sixes off Gerald Coetzee, Patidar reached the milestone. However, South Africa quickly responded, bowling him out for fifty off just 26 balls in the next ball.

Bumrah’s Brilliant Five-for

Bumrah returned with the old ball to virtually end RCB’s innings after taking out Kohli with the new one.

He removed du Plessis (61), and Mahipal Lomror (0), in an over that was full of yorkers and low full-tosses. As Lomror was caught leg before wicket by a yorker off the following delivery, Du Plessis was unable to get under a difficult-to-hit low full-toss and holed out to long-on.

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Bumrah was on a hat-trick again on his next over, but he failed to finish it this time either. He removed Vyshak Vijaykumar and impact player Saurav Chauhan off consecutive balls, but Akash Deep managed to block the hat-trick ball, a yorker.

Mumbai Indians Crush Royal Challengers Bengaluru with Bumrah’s Brilliant 5 Wickets Haul

But after taking five wickets, Bumrah was hoisted to his feet by his old captain Rohit Sharma, and he was booed from the dugout by his old bowling partner and current bowling coach, Lasith Malinga.
On a day when 439 runs were scored, Bumrah finished 4-0-22-2 against the Delhi Capitals on Sunday. On a dewy night, Thursday’s performance was even more memorable.

Karthik finished The Innings In Style

After choosing a slower ball from Bumrah and hitting it over extra-cover, Karthik—who has previously represented MI—had the Wankhede crowd cheering his name. It was a reminder to his six that helped India win the Nidahas Trophy in 2018.

He also played several other spectacular shots. Karthik scooped him for two fours over short third in the 16th over, costing MI 19 runs, after Madhwal denied him free access to the shorter square boundary on the leg side. Karthik also contributed to taking 19 off Madhwal’s last over, which was also the innings’ last over, but it would not be enough for RCB.

Kishan Smashed RCB Bowlers Everywhere

In the initial exchanges, Mohammed Siraj and Reece Topley swung the new ball, but Kishan made the most of the powerplay.

Siraj took one into his pads and he plucked it up for a six-point play over square leg. Then Kishan smashed him over point when Topley moved one away from him. When Topley got his edge on 12, Kishan had a nervous moment, but for the next four runs, the ball went between the keeper and first slip.

Kishan persisted in his boundary-setting performance and repeated his feat of hitting a fifty in the MI powerplay.

Suryakumar Show All Over At The end

Although Jacks removed Rohit for 38 and Akash Deep stopped Kishan on 69, RCB would not be spared.
As the dew set in, their bowlers were missing their lengths, and Suryakumar went about making things even more difficult for them.

Maxwell could have dismissed Suryakumar on 15, but instead he dropped him at backward point and fled the field while groaning in agony. Then, Suryakumar unfurled his Supla stroke and scythed wide balls over point with his quick hands and wrist movements. In the thirteenth over, he stormed to his quickest T20 fifty, hitting 4, 6, 4, 4 against Topley. He was bowled out in the next over, but with 27 balls remaining, Hardik and Tilak Varma helped MI win with a higher NRR.

Du Plessis On The Loss Against Mumbai

Faf du Plessis, captain of Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), expressed concerns about the team’s bowling performance following their loss to Mumbai Indians.

Du Plessis acknowledged the lack of depth in RCB’s bowling arsenal compared to other teams, emphasizing the need for their batsmen to excel and post competitive scores to remain in contention.

RCB’s bowlers struggled against Mumbai Indians, conceding runs at a high rate of 12.84 per over. Du Plessis highlighted the challenges faced by the bowling unit, with even the most economical bowler, Vijaykumar Vyshak, going for 10.66 runs per over. The team’s inability to take wickets early on compounded their difficulties, particularly evident in the powerplay where they leaked 72 runs without making any breakthroughs.

The dew factor and Mumbai’s aggressive batting further added to RCB’s woes. Du Plessis acknowledged Mumbai’s effective use of batting resources and credited their approach for putting pressure on RCB’s bowlers. Despite the challenging conditions, Du Plessis stressed the importance of posting imposing totals to create scoreboard pressure and force opponents into errors.

Looking ahead, RCB aims to bounce back in their upcoming match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Currently ranked ninth with a negative net run rate, the team faces the task of turning their fortunes around and stringing together positive results in the remainder of the competition.

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