Bengaluru: A good show by bowlers helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat fellow laggards Mumbai Indians by 14 runs in an Indian Premier League match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Chasing 168, Mumbai Indians managed 153/7 despite Hardik Pandya’s 42-ball 50 – the only half-century from either side on the night.
RCB began their defense on a perfect note when Tim Southee produced peach of a delivery to clean up MI opener Ishan Kishan for a first-ball duck in the first over. Umesh Yadav then picked up two wickets in successive deliveries including the scalp of captain Rohit Sharma (0) to put his team on top.
The wickets of Kieron Pollard (13) and JP Duminy (23) all but ended MI’s hopes. However, the Pandya brothers – Krunal and Hardik – kept the contest alive with a 56-run stand between them. But the pair of Mohammed Siraj (2/28) and Southee (2/25) bowled excellently in the death overs to limit MI to 153. With their third win of the season, RCB climbed up to the fifth spot with six points.
Earlier, Mumbai bowlers leaked runs towards to the end after keeping RCB batsmen in check for the better part of the innings after opting to field. Captain Virat Kohli (32) and Brendon McCullum (37) added 60 quick runs in the middle overs to help the side recover from a slow start but Hardik (3/28) scalped three batsmen in an over and effected a run out to stop the hosts from running away with a big total as they posted 167/7.
Colin de Grandhomme (23* from 10) hit three sixes in the last over, bowled by fellow New Zealander Mitchell McClenaghan, to provide a flourishing finish to the innings. Opener Manan Vohra (45) played a useful knock at the top before being trapped by Mayank Markande.
As the wicket offered turn and pacers too generated pace, Mumbai Indians succeeded in straight-jacketing the RCB batsmen. Since it had rained, there was dampness in the wicket, causing the ball to come a bit slow on the bat.