Speedsters help RCB thrash MI at home

Tim Southee (2/25), Umesh Yadav (2/29), Mohammad Siraj (2/28) shine with the ball as Royal Challengers Bangalore stays alive in the tournament.

And that's it!

RCB beats MI by 14 runs.

11:32: Kohli takes a stunner; slower one from Southee, Hardik 50 (42) chips the ball towards long on and finds Kohli. BIG WICKET!

11:28: Krunal 23 (19) tries to scoop the ball but edges it to backward point. Siraj gets the WICKET!

11:24: Southee bowls two back-to-back yorkers; on the other hand, the RCB fielders are throwing themselves on the field to save every run. MI needs 30 off 12 balls.

11:20: MI needs 35 off 18 balls. This is going to go down the wire. Both the teams have failed as a bowling unit at death, but Southee still has two more overs.

11:14: INSIDE EDGE! and four more runs. It doesn't matter how it comes till it comes. These are welcome runs for MI. The equation now: 45 off 24.

11:13: SIX! A welcome six for MI; Krunal trying to cut loose.

11:06: MI need 68 off 36 balls. The Pandya brothers need to go at 12 an over. Yadav comes back into the attack. RCB is desperately looking for another wicket here.

10:53: WICKET! And that's the end of Duminy 23 (29). A fantastic throw from Umesh Yadav runs him out. MI is staring at a defeat here, unless the Pandya brothers can work some magic. Krunal is the new batsman!

10:44: SIX! That's a welcome change! Pandya smashes Washington Sundar for a maximum.

10:43: Hardik Pandya is trying to add some sheen to the otherwise lackluster batting performance. Duminy hanging around is good news for the men in blue. He can explode in any situation.

10:32: WICKET! Siraj strikes, Kieron Pollard 13 (13) nicks it to de Kock behind the wicket.

10:31: After seven overs, MI is 47/3; it needs 121 more off 78 balls.

10:16: BOWLING CHANGE! Mohammad Siraj comes into the attack. He dismissed the dangerous Andre Russell and KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik the other night. He has decent pace too.

10:09: WICKET! Yadav is on fire, he is on a hat-trick. MI skipper Rohit Sharma is out for a first-ball duck here; inside edge and straight to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

10:06: WICKET! Umesh Yadav thinks he got Suryakumar trapped in front of the wicket. The in-form right-hander goes for a review, but the decision remains unchanged. He goes for 9 (9).

9:59: Sixteen runs off the first two overs; JP Duminy has joined Yadav in the middle.

9:54: WICKET! Bowled! Kishan goes for a first-ball duck, good comeback by Southee.

9:52: Mumbai Indians openers Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are out in the middle; two dot balls from Tim Southee followed by a boundary. MI is off the mark.

RCB innings

Colin de Grandhomme picked his spots beautifully!

 

 

9:35: Three sixes in the final over from the blade of Colin de Grandhomme to take RCB to a respectable seven for 167 after the setback of losing three wickets in the 18th over. MI needs 168, two less than what it chased down three nights ago against CSK!

9:25: Three wickets in the 18th over and all big wickets from RCB's perspective: Mandeep Singh, Virat Kohli and now Washington Sundar. Hardik Pandya, who had conceded 20 runs in his first over, has made a stunning comeback with the ball.

9:21: Wickets off back to back deliveries for Mumbai and Hardik Pandya! Virat Kohli departs for 32 off 26 balls.

 

9:05: Virat Kohli seems to have nicked a Bumrah delivery, evident from the ultraedge, but the Mumbai Indians doesn't review the on-field umpire's decision and the RCB skipper survives. That could prove to be a crucial point, with Kohli on 24 then.

 

8:50: McCullum's ramp shot for six is perhaps the most extraordinary innovation in the Twenty20 era. Off a fast bowler, without fear, he takes shape, and nonchalantly deposits him behind the wicket-keeper for a six. He's played the shot before, but its familiarity doesn't take away the awe or surprise. To say the crowd is alive would be an understatement. They've seen his IPL-welcoming 158.

 

8:39pm: One lives by the sword, one dies by it. Vohra's cameo comes to an end via another attempted slog sweep. Markande evades his swing, and the ball strikes his pads. The new man? Virat Kohli.

 

8:35pm: It's spinners on both ends; Markande and Krunal Pandya trying to bamboozle Baz and Vohra.

8:30 pm: The slog sweep is Vohra's go-to stroke. And it's providing him with rewards at the moment, with the fielding restrictions still in place. Effortlessly, he's raced to 35. The jittery first over seems a long time ago now.

De Kock, on the other end, struggles to find the middle of the bat. In his eagerness to join in the pillaging act, he deposits McClenaghan straight to the skipper Rohit Sharma at mid-on. Meanwhile, the new man McCullum and Mayank Markande say hello to each other...

 

8:20 pm: Duminy may have set things up but the second time around, he is cannon fodder! Vohra's had a quiet tournament thus far in his two outings for his team; he throws caution to the wind to deposit the part-time spinner all around the ground. The crowd finds its voice again.

 

8:13 pm: Vohra hits the second ball of the innings for six, but that is not a sign of things to come. The batsman could easily have been dismissed as he survives an lbw shout and remains just safe when a leading edge evades a fielder closing in on the chance. Hushes by the crowd and frowns from Mumbai Indians' fieldsmen tell the story.

 

Vohra takes the cue, and plays out a quiet second over.

Spin to pace immediately; McClenaghan and Bumrah tie the batsmen down. Duminy's attempt to break the rhythm seems to have worked.

8:00 pm: Amid a loud buzz around the ground, Manan Vohra walks in to bat alongside Quinton de Kock. No pace to work with at the start for the potent duo, though, as JP Duminy bowls the first over.

TOSS UPDATE: Mumbai Indians chooses to bowl.

One change for Royal Challengers Bangalore: Washington Sundar comes in for M. Ashwin.

One change for Mumbai Indians as well: Injured Ewin Lewis misses out; Kieron Pollard replaces the fellow West Indian in the line-up.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Brendon McCullum, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.

 

Two misfiring sides in the Indian Premier League will attempt to stem the slide on Tuesday when they take each other on at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Royal Challengers Bangalore hasn't stepped up to the plate besides a few cameos from its superstars, while Mumbai Indians has struggled to conjure momentum after having lost numerous close encounters. The result? both teams languish at the bottom half of the points table.

Yet, both teams possess the calibre to turn it around this season. After a similarly insipid start in 2016, Virat Kohli inspired the Royal Challengers to a runner-up finish. Although a struggling side, Mumbai Indians isn't a defending champion for no reason.

What are the reasons for their hiccups? To find out, here's our preview of the fixture. Welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of this match between two star-studded teams.