Virat Kohli : "Very happy, especially the way we won. It was a difficult start when we lost Devdutt. He came in the second over to try and get me out... KS came out and played some amazing shots. He took the pressure off me. Maxi's innings was unbelievable. If you don't try and stamp your authority, Bumrah will get over you - that's how good he is! You have to be at you level best. I'd give it a perfect ten tonight. We left out 15 [runs] out there... Those are the things where we feel we can get 20-25 extra runs. I went with my gut feel with DC [Christian]... With his experience and change-ups, he bowled an amazing over... What Harshal did was unbelievable."
Harshal Patel : "This is my sixth time on a hat-trick, and the first time I got it - really happy! Pollard is someone who can do damage if you bowl in his areas... so that bluff. I think the way Siraj started - he set the tempo for our bowling performance - and the way Chahal and Maxi bowled..."
Rohit Sharma : "Thought it was a fantastic bowling effort. Looked like they were going to get 180. The batters just let us down. The opening issue has been happening consistently. We have to make sure that the batters carry on. I played a bat shot today and got out; I felt that was the game-changing moment. We need to find ways to bounce back from whatever situations we are in. Kishan is a talented player, we just need to understand the freedom he needs, and need to provide him with that. He had a terrific IPL last year... We wanted to give him the opportunity.. He is relatively young and making his way into international cricket."
MI 111 all out in 18.1 overs: Harshal to Milne. OUT! Knocks up another with a slower-one. RCB beats MI by 54 runs! An absolute thrashing in the end. Milne b Harshal Patel 0(1)
MI 111/9 in 18 overs: Chahal to Bumrah. OUT! A classical googly does the job, beats the Bumrah slog and RCB's one wicket away from sealing this. Maiden for Chahal as Boult prods about the crease.
MI 111/8 in 17 overs: Harshal to Hardik. OUT! A skier and Kohli completes a fine catch. This seems completely out of hands as Harshal picks his 20th wicket of the season! Pollard's on strike. Harshal rolls in a slower one and tumbles the leg-stump, Pollard's a goner! Cracking stuff from Harshal as he outfoxes Pollard completely.
Harshal on a Hat-trick, Chahar on strike. In comes the slower-one onto to the pads, and that's it!! HAT-TRICK FOR HARSHAL PATEL!
Hardik Pandya c Kohli b Patel 3 (6b); Kieron Pollard b Patel 7 (10b); Rahul Chahar lbw b Patel 0 (1b)
MI 105/5 in 16 overs: Christian sticks to the plan and the field. Comes from around the wicket and hits the blockhole. Pollard and Hardik resort to singles to rotate strike as they fail to get hold of the length. MI needs 61 in 24 balls.
Dan Christian returns.
MI needs 67 runs in 30 balls.
MI 99/5 in 15 overs: Siraj to Suryakumar. OUT! Slices a wide delivery and holes out to short third! Shoddy from Suryakumar as he plays at a jelly-like slower one way outside the off-stump. He lobs it up straight to Chahal who takes a simple catch. Siraj is fired up and runs straight to Kohli in jubilation. Hardik Pandya is the new man, he's beaten through by a straight one and gets off strike with a drive to long-on. Suryakumar Yadav c Chahal b Mohammed Siraj 8 (9b)
Mohammed Siraj is back after the Timeout.
MI needs 69 from 36 balls.
MI 97/4 in 14 overs: Maxwell to Krunal. OUT! Cleaned him up! Maxi is ecstatic! Krunal advances hopelessly as Maxwell fires in a flat delivery to beat his defense. The ball smashes the off-stump and Krunal's horror innings is over. Maxwell hits the new man, Pollard on the pads and goes up in a loud shout. Umpire Anil Chaudhary is unmoved but Kohli opts for a last-gasp review. The replays suggest that the ball is sliding down leg and RCB loses its review. Krunal Pandya b Maxwell 5 (11b)
MI 93/3 in 13 overs: Pressure quietly mounting on Krunal. Harshal slides the ball in from around the wicket and Krunal's late to react. He fails to pick the slower one and gets away with a single. MI needs 73 runs in 42 balls.
Harshal is back
MI 86/3 in 12 overs: Superb over from Maxi. Krunal fails to beat the inner-circle on the off-side and Maxwell keeps it even more tighter on the stumps. Just the four runs in the over. A sensational spell in the scheme of things.
MI 82/3 in 11 overs: Chahal to Kishan. OUT! Straight up in the air and gone! MI's falling apart now. He tosses the ball in the air and lures Kishan forward. Kishan easily walks into the trap and the leading edge off the turn flies straight Harshal at backward point. Kishan's torrid season continues. Ishan Kishan c Patel b Chahal 9 (12b 1x4)
MI 79/2 in 10 overs: Oh no, Rohit! Kishan advances off Maxwell and slams a powerful stroke back to Rohit who cops one on the wrist. Close-up visuals show his arm involuntarily shivering as he winces in pain. Doesn't look good in first glance. Rohit's quickly back on, thankfully. He is back on strike. Rohit goes for the big hit and holes out to long-on. Oh no, Rohit, what have you done this time? He is absolutely dejected and knows that he's let the earlier incident get the better off him. Rohit Sharma c Padikkal b Maxwell 43 (28b 5x4 1x6)
MI 76/1 in 9 overs: Kishan's off the blocks as he creams a strong stroke down the ground. Chahal wafts it in and Kishan easily advances to slam it back over him for four. Rohit understands the match-up against the leggie as he gets back on strike. He waits for the wrong'un and moves a shade to the off-side to deny the stumps and instead flicks it for a single.
MI 69/1 in 8 overs: Hitman mode unlocked! Maxwell's not getting easily as he offers one in the slot for Rohit. Rohit gets a good sight, plants his leg forward and slogs it over long-on for a massive six!
Maxwell into the attack
MI 58/1 in 7 overs: Chahal to de Kock. OUT! Excellent catch from Maxwell in the deep and de Kock departs! Chahal keeps de Kock on tenterhooks from ball one and he induces the false stroke within no time. Tosses it in to his pads and de Kock attempts for the pick-up stoke over midwicket. He mistimes it by a fair margin as Maxwell races in from the boundary line to take a fine grab diving in. Kohli's elated, as is Yuzi.
Yuzi Chahal into the attack
MI 56/0 in 6 overs: Harshal's deft cutters and change of pace forces Rohit and QDK to tread carefully. Just the five runs in the over to finish the Powerplay. Rohit's displaying some fancy footwork and is aiming to keep Harshal guessing but the bowler does his part in this over.
Harshal Patel replace Siraj
MI 51/0 in 5 overs: QDK joins the charge! Christian offers length and de Kock slams it over the bowler for a boundary. A loud thud follows as de Kock smashes Christian next ball through covers for another boundary. Clean hitting from the southpaw and MI's putting some early pressure on Kohli's bowlers. Rohit takes Mumbai past 50 as he pulls Christian off the last ball and a little misfield at backward square hands him four runs.
Christian replaces Jamieson
MI 36/0 in 4 overs: QDK escapes by a whisker! Siraj nips one in to de Kock and hits the pads. He goes up in review but the umpire denies. Rohit sets off on a quick single from the non-stiker's and de Kock is a bit late to react. Siraj senses it and takes the ball and throws to the other end. de Kock is miles out and reacts with a shock as he sees the ball flying dangerously close to the stumps. Rohit then slams Siraj down the ground with a pristine lofted straight drive. In the slot meant to be hit and Rohit elegantly swings his arms through the arc.
MI 27/0 in 3 overs: Hat-trick of boundaries and Rohit's on his way. Jamieson oversteps and gives Rohit the leverage to attack. He bowls a full-toss and Rohit slams it back over the bowler for four. Rohit doubles up with an exquisite cut through backward point for four. It reaches the fence in a flash. Jamieson offers another one in the slot and Rohit plays it cross through mid-on, beating the fielder on the stretch for another four to finish.
MI 11/0 in 2 overs: Top start for Siraj. Rohit's marginally squared up with the ball sits on middle and straightens a bit. He gets a nudge towards off and finds a single. Siraj fires it in to de Kock who can't find his timing right. He flicks twice to midwicket and has a menacing Kohli stop it from proceeding any further. A hint of luck to finish for QDK as heaves fiercely and the ball clips skips to the square leg boundary.
Mohammed Siraj from the opposite end
MI 5/0 in 1 over: Rohit tucks the first ball to the on-side and gets off strike. de Kock moves over to the off-side and glides Jamieson down to the fine leg boundary. Harshal Patel cuts cross and prevents a four. He finds a single and Rohit's up for the final ball. Jamieson strays to the pads once again and Rohit flicks it in the air, falling dangerous close to Padikkal at square.
Kyle Jamieson up with the new ball. Rohit on strike.
The chase is on. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock walk out to the middle. Kohli marshals his troops to the centre as well.
RCB would be thinking they're probably a good 20 short given the way it was going. Kohli had troubles to switch gears after his fifty once again but Maxwell and ABD ensured that the momentum didn't slip. They powered RCB past 150 in quick time but an excellent spell at the death from Bumrah wrapped them in a single over. Boult did the rest and Rohit's men have done well to keep the chase within their reach.
RCB 165/6 in 20 overs: Boult to Shahbaz. OUT! Straight through the defences to knock off the timber. Fires in the blockhole over and over and RCB falls short of a good finish. Excellent comeback from MI as Bumrah and Boult deliver in style.
Boult for the final over
RCB 162/5 in 19 overs: Bumrah to Maxwell. OUT! Mistime the low full-toss straight to Boult at long-on. ABD on strike. Bumrah fires in short and the ABD nicks it to QDK! Two in two for Bumrah! And all of a sudden, RCB could fall short by a good 15 runs here. A top notch finish from Boom under pressure.
RCB 156/3 in 18 overs: Maxi unleashed! Maxwell uses the pace of Milne as he reverse-romps him twice. Milne begins with a bumper and Maxwell swivels and sends it over third for six. He follows up with another that scoops over the short third fielder for another four. Maxwell brings up a quickfire fifty with a single. With two 360-degree players at the middle, RCB can aim for the maximum from here.
RCB 139/3 in 17 overs: ABD specials! Bumrah is pumped over long-on for a six by de Villiers second ball. Full and angling in but ABD clears his front leg and unleashes his best. Bumrah follows up with a probing bouncer but de Villiers simply swats him down the ground for a boundary that puts Kohli in awe in the dug-out.
Bumrah is back
RCB 126/2 in 16 overs: Milne to Kohli. OUT! Holes out to the midwicket fielder. Deft change of pace from Milne to fox Kohli. He rolls in the knuckle ball on the shorter length and Kohli attempts to hook. The ball rises steeply onto his blade and clips the top-edge that sails to the substitute fielder Anukul Roy who runs in from the fence and completes a good catch. Virat Kohli c sub (AS Roy) b Milne 51 (42b 3x4 3x6)
RCB 118/2 in 15 overs: Excellent over from Boult. He mixes up his length and pace against Maxwell who fails to connect properly on four consecutive deliveries. Meanwhile, Kohli reaches his 42nd IPL fifty! A fine innings from the RCB skipper, can he mark the perfect finish here?
Boult into the attack
RCB 117/2 in 14 overs: Maxi in full flow! Chahar gets a taste of the switch-hit and it's high and handsome this time. Maxwell's on it in a flash and Chahar is smoked for a six. Rohit is not happy and shares a few words with the bowler. Maxwell goes again but Chahar hits the pads outside leg-stump. Chahar and QDK force Rohit for a review and MI loses it.
Chahar back on.
RCB 109/2 in 13 overs: 100 up for RCB as Maxwell steps on the gas. Milne goes short first-up and Maxwell crams the ball to the midwicket boundary. He oversteps off the next and Maxi drills the freehit for another boundary to cow-corner. RCB building on momentum again as Rohit wears a frown in his face.
Milne is back
RCB 97/2 in 12 overs: The Big Show special clicks this time. Maxwell attempts to wear down Krunal's line with the switch-hit. He connects this time and it goes all the way for six!
RCB 85/2 in 11 overs: Excellent over from Chahar. Maxwell is tied to the crease as he drifts the ball into him with the wrong'un. Just the three runs in the over and RCB's struggling to switch gears after Bharat's departure.
RCB 82/2 in 10 overs: Kohli brings the drag-flick to cow corner against Krunal and sneaks in two runs. Krunal still keeps it pretty straight forcing Kohli to play with a more straighter bat. Maxwell attempts for the reverse-sweep but ends up in a mess and is lucky that the ball doesn't jag back onto the stumps.
RCB 75/2 in 9 overs: Chahar to Bharat. OUT! Straight to long-on. Bharat eyes to continue the momentum after slashing a massive slog-sweep for six. Chahar is unfazed as he tosses it full and wide outside off. Bharat goes for the slog over long-on but fails to generate enough power on it and SKY takes a fine catch near the boundary. Srikar Bharat c Yadav b Chahar 32 (24b 2x4 2x6)
RCB 63/1 in 8 overs: No nonsense stuff from Krunal. He cramps Bharat for room once again while Kohli's showing some restraint against the left-armer. Just the five runs in the over. This is the phase where RCB let it slip in the last game. Settling in and giving it away.
RCB 58/1 in 7 overs: Bharat is clueless against a fiery leg-spinner first-up from Chahar. He's trying to slog his way out and succeeds with a cracking stroke over midwicket for six. Kohli and Bharat haven't allowed the bowlers to settle down after Padikkal's dismissal.
Rahul Chahar to continue
RCB 48/1 in 6 overs: Krunal keeps it simple and attacks the stumps. Bharat struggles with no room on offer and Kohli places the ball down the ground with a straight bat for a couple of singles. Powerplay done and we have the first Timeout of the match.
Krunal into the attack
RCB 44/1 in 5 overs: Enter the Virat world! Kohli unleashes his absolute best by using the pace of Milne. He milks the bowler on the off-side with a thumping extra-cover drive for four. Kohli advances again and this time smacks Milne over long-on for a biggie. He's up an running tonight, folks!
Milne replaces Boult
RCB 31/1 in 4 overs: 10,000 T20 runs for Virat Kohli as he wins the battle against Bumrah. Bumrah bangs one in and Kohli's top-edge carries it over de Kock for four. Bumrah fends another and this time Kohli elegantly rocks back and swivels in style to send it over midwicket for six! He become the first Indian to reach Mt. 10000 in T20s. Bumrah drills one in to Bharat and he crashes the ball with a fierce square cut for another boundary.
RCB 15/1 in 3 overs: Streaky boundary for Bharat! Boult troubles him with the in-swinger, angling towards the pads. Bharat attempts to flick one off the line but the outside edge carries it over short third for four. Edgy stuff early on from RCB.
RCB 8/1 in 2 overs: Bumrah to Padikkal. OUT! Edged and taken! Bumrah squares him up with a beauty! Padikkal never settled in against the away-seamer from Boom. Bumrah curls it away and also lures some wood from Padikkal onto it. The ball kisses the outside edge and de Kock has an easy grab behind the stumps. Devdutt Padikkal c †de Kock b Bumrah 0 (4b)
Bumrah into the attack
RCB 7/0 in 1 over: Kohli is DROPPED and the ball parries over for six! Boult fires in the bowl full to Kohli and follows up with the short ball onto the shoulders. Kohli pulls handsomely but the ball falls towards a stretching Rahul Chahar at square leg. Chahar fails to keep hold of the ball and he lobs it over the boundary for six instead.
Trent Boult up with the new ball.
Game On in Dubai! Kohli and Padikkal at the middle for RCB. Rohit's men take their positions.
7:27PM IST: Day for absolute humdinger finishes I presume! First with India's women's team clinching a streak-breaking win in Australia and now CSK's last ball win against KKR! Hope we have more in store for tonight.
7:10PM IST: Well, well. RCB is back juggling with the XI as Hasaranga, Saini and Tim David all go out and are replaced by Jamieson, Christian and Shahbaz Ahmed. More all-round options being rolled in by Kohli for this crucial encounter. Meanwhile, Rohit would hope for Mumbai's best XI to finally come good.
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya , Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat(w), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson , Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
TOSS TIME IN DUBAI!
6:53PM IST: Yet to hit the top gear, could this be the night for VK?
6:42PM IST: Visuals suggest Hardik Pandya is going about his warm-ups and throwdowns in a jovial mood. This is an absolute crunch game for both sides and Hardik's fitness would certainly boost MI's morale.
Pitch report | Ian Bishop: The outfield is quite superb here. It's a fresh pitch for today's game. It's a very hard and compact surface and there is a nice grass coverage. It looks as though the ball will come on nicely and the spinners are gonna have to work really hard as I don't know how much purchase the slower men can get out of this surface. The faster men are the key on this surface.
6:36PM IST: Quinton de Kock speaks to the broadcaster: It's a big game and it would be nice if we get a win tonight. It will be a strong contest today and hopefully we will be the ones that come out on top. Our guys know what to do exactly, so when they get out there, it's just going back to what they've done in the past and just try to get the job done. I know it's difficult but they have come back before and I'm sure they will do it, at least starting today. i
6:25PM IST: It's been a dull start for most of India's T20WC stars. Can Chahar and Boom fire in unison tonight?
6:10PM IST: Numbers Game
5:40PM IST: RCB vs MI H2H in brief
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI), both yet to record a win in the second leg of the IPL, clash at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
The teams will seek to find a quick fix to their batting woes. RCB stuttered to 156/6 in a loss to Chennai Super Kings on Friday, just a few days after being bowled out for 92 by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
MI has not fared much better, recording sub-par totals of 155/6 and 136/8 in its previous two outings. Skipper Rohit Sharma will be tempted to bring in explosive all-rounder Hardik Pandya, provided he is declared fit.
The team is not short on firepower, with the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya in its ranks. A few big knocks from the star-studded line-up is sure to bring MI back to winning ways.
RCB will have similarly high expectations from its experienced duo, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell. Both batsmen have failed in this second leg, leading to the side’s struggle in the middle overs.
Captain Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal got fifties in the CSK outing, but the openers were unable to step on the gas after getting settled in.
RCB and MI, with five and four wins respectively in nine matches, need a good result here to build some momentum in the playoff race.
Stars of the fixture (overall)
Team MI squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare (wk), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar
Team RCB Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Wanindu Hasaranga, Sachin Baby, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rajat Patidar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Christian, Dushmantha Chameera, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Azharuddeen, George Garton, Suyash Prabhudessai, Tim David, Akash Deep
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