IPL 7: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
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Royal Challengers Bangalore Innings
Over 17.3 || Score 116/3
Seven required in the last 18 balls. Malinga to bowl his last over. Two runs came from the first ball. Patel then smashed the second ball over mid-off fielder to collect his seventh boundary. And with a single off the next, RCB beat MI comprehensively by seven wickets with 15 balls to spare. Second consecutive defeat for MI, whereas, RCB won two matches on the trot. Parthiv Patel got Man of the Match award for his unbeaten 57-run knock.
Over 17 || Score 109/3
21 needed of 24 balls. Patel smashed two consecutive boundaries off the second and third ball. Then the southpaw took a single to complete his fifty. A responsible knock by the opener. Off the last AB collected the third boundary of the over. Meanwhile, RCB crossed the mark of 100 runs.
Over 16 || Score 95/3
Harbhajan Singh is ready with his final over. No run conceded in the first three balls. Then came three singles from the last three balls. Good over by Bhajji but MI needed wickets here.
Over 15 || Score 92/3
Ojha is back. Patel collected a boundary off the first delivery. Two singles were followed the boundary. Then Patel placed the ball towards off-side for a double. Single off the next. And in the last ball, AB got yet another single. Good over for RCB as Ojha conceded ten in the over.
Over 14 || Score 82/3
Zaheer is to bowl his final over. He has to provide his team a much needed breakthrough. Four runs came from the first three balls. Fourth one was a dot. Single of the fifth. Next was wide from Zaheer. And Patel took another single on on-side to collect seven from the over.
Over 13 || Score 75/3
Lasith Malinga has been reintroduced into the attack. Two singles came from the first two balls. Third was dot from the slinger. In the next, Patel picked the slower one early and played it over the cover region for a boundary. Another boundary off the next, as Patel placed it smartly over the wicket-keeper. Good over for RCB as ten came from it.
Over 12 || Score 65/3
Six! de Villiers smack Bumrah's first ball for a six over mid-wicket. What a blow! But apart from the first ball rest of the over was a decent one from the youngster as mere two runs came from next five balls.
Over 11 || Score 57/3
Ojha to continue. de Villiers smashed a boundary through mid-wicket region off the second ball. Then came three single from the over. Seven runs came from it.
Over 10 || Score 50/3
Harbhajan Singh to bowl his third over. AB de Villiers and Patel are playing sensible cricket by dealing in sigles and doubles at the moment. They know that they are chasing a small total, so a good strategy by these two in the middle for RCB. Three runs came from it. Meanwhile, RCB crossed the mark of fifty runs.
Over 9 || Score 47/3
Ojha is ready to bowl his first over. Off the first ball came three runs. But then the spinner came back strongly and gave mere three runs in rest of the over. So good first over by Ojha.
Over 8 || Score 41/3
Harbhajan Singh is ready with his second over. Three single off the first three balls. No run conceded in the next two balls. Two came off the last. Five from the over.
Over 7 || Score 36/3
Jasprit Bumrah has been introduced into the attack for the fist time. Five runs came from the first four balls. Next was a dot from the youngster. And a single in the next. A good first over by Bumrah as he gave mere six runs.
Over 6 || Score 30/3
Zaheer Khan is ready with his third over. A boundary and two single came from it. AB and Patel are at the crease.
Over 5 || Score 24/3
Malinga to continue. Three runs came from the first five balls. But AB the new man in, played a cracking straight drive to collect his first boundary and five runs from the over.
Over 4 || Score 17/3
Kohli is the new man in. Zaheer is ready to bowl his second over. Kohli Out! Kohli got the edge and it went inside the hands of Harbhajan Singh at slips. Double blow for RCB Yuvraj got out for a two ball duck. Zaheer bowled a length delivery which nipped back in and hit the pad of southpaw. And umpire raised his finger. One run came from it.
Yuvraj Singh lbw b Khan 0 (2b)
V Kohli c Harbhajan Singh b Khan 0 (2b)
Over 3 || Score 16/1
Lasith Malinga has been introduced into the attack as a first change. First was dot ball. Patel took a single in the next. The slinger hasn't conceded any run in the next two balls. Maddinson collected a boundary off the next, which came off the edge. Maddinson Out! A perfect yorker from Malinga and it crashed into the stumps of the southpaw. It's also Malinga's 50th wicket of the league.
NJ Maddinson b Malinga 12 (8b)
Over 2 || Score 11/0
Harbhajan Singh is sharing the new ball with Zaheer. Three runs came form the first ball. Next four were dot balls. Off the last Patel took a single. Four came from the over.
Over 1 || Score 7/0
Parthiv Patel and Nic Maddinson are in the middle to open the innings for RCB, whereas, Zaheer Khan is starting the bowling proceedings for MI. Second ball was short and wide from Zaheer and Maddinson smashed it towards point region for a four. Seven runs came from the over.
Mumbai Indians innings
Over 20 || Score 115/9
Starc to bowl the final over. Two singles came from the first two balls. Next was a dot. Off the next, MI lost their another batsman in Mallinga, who got run-out. Jasprit Bumrah is the new man in. Two singles off the last two deliveries. Four came from the last over of the innings. It's a below par total for RCB, who have a power-packed batting line-up. Certainly, a disappointing performance by Mumbai Indians. Spinner Chahal is once again the pick among the RCB bowlers as he ended up with the impressive figures of 4-0-17-2.
SL Malinga run out 2 (4b)
Over 19 || Score 11/8
Aaron to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. Harbhajan Singh played smart shot over mid-off, which was inside the circle, to collect his first boundary. In the next two balls came two singles. Bhajji collected a double off the fourth. Harbhajan Out. Aaron bowled a slower one which crashed into the stumps of Bhajji. Eight came from the over.
Harbhajan Singh b Aaron 8 (8b)
Over 18 || Score 102/7
Dinda to bowl the over. Zaheer Out! Another batsman tried to hit a big shot and got out at deep long-on. Zaheer got out for a two-ball duck. Dinda conceded mere a single from the over.
Z Khan c Rana b Dinda 0 (2b)
Over 17 || Score 101/6
Starc to bowl the 17th over of the innings. Three runs off the first two balls. Rayudu Out. Rayudu tried to hit the ball out of the park. But failed to clear the fence and AB tool a good catch at deep long-off. Harbhajan Singh is the new man in. DOUBLE blow for MI. Anderson also tried to clear the long-off fence but Kohli took a well-judged catch at the boundary. Meanwhile, MI crossed the mark of 100 runs. Three runs came from the over.
CJ Anderson c Kohli b Starc 18 (19b)
AT Rayudu c de Villiers b Starc 35 (37b)
Over 16 || Score 98/4
Chahal who hasn't conceded a boundary yet is ready with his final over. Single off the first. Second a dot. In the third Anderson placed the ball for a double towards off-side. Three singles off last three balls. What a bowler he is turning out in this edition. Six from the over.
Over 15 || Score 92/4
Dinda is ready to bowl his third over. Two singles off the first two balls. Next was a dot. Two more singles in the next two. And again a single from the last ball. Mumbai Indians need to score some big shots now. In last five overs MI would be eyeing to take their score around 140, which can give their bowlers some chance to defend the total.
Over 14 || Score 87/4
Aaron to continue. The new man Anderson is looking dangerous. He first smacks the bowler over his head to collect his first boundary and then collected another boundary off the fifth ball. Good over for MI as nine came from it.
Over 13 || Score 78/4
Yuvraj Singh has been given the bowl by Kohli. The skipper is mixing-up his bowlers well. Six singles came from the first over of Yuvi.
Over 12 || Score 72/4
The big hitter Pollard is Out. Off Chahal, the hard hitter tried to clear the fence but Rana took a wonderful catch at long-on to sent him back to the pavilion. Corey Anderson is the new man in. Three runs and a wicket came from the over.
KA Pollard c Rana b Chahal 3 (7b)
Over 11 || Score 69/3
Kieron Pollard is the new man in. Another economical over by Dinda. The right arm-medium conceded six from his second over.
Over 10 || Score 63/3
Rohit Out! It was a wrong 'ún by the leggie and Rohit looked in two minds and gave a simple catch to AB di Villiers. Big blow for MI. Three runs came from the over. A good one by the young spinner.
RG Sharma c de Villiers b Chahal 2 (5b )
Over 9 || Score 60/2
Another seamer has been introduced into the attack as Dinda is ready to bowl his first over. And it's an economical over by the bowler, mere two runs came from it.
Over 8 || Score 58/2
Chahal has been introduced into the attack for the first time. Two runs came from the first four balls. Rayudu then placed the ball towards long-on for a double. Single off the next. Good first over by Chahal as he conceded mere five from it.
Over 7 || Score 52/2
Aaron to continue with his second over. Three runs came from the first four balls. Another blow for MI. Tare Out. Tare tried to pull the short ball by Aaron out of the park, but failed to clear the fence as Maddinson took a simple catch at deep mid-wicket. Skipper Rohit Sharma is the new man in for MI. Single of the last ball. Four runs came from the over.
AP Tare c Maddinson b Aaron 17 (18b)
Over 6 || Score 49/1
Tare is looking in good nick. First Rayudu collected a boundary off Morkel's first ball. And then Tare smashed the bowler for two consecutive boundaries. Then came five extras as Morkel bowled a super wide which was far away from the reach of wicket-keeper. A good over for MI as 18 runs came from the it.
Over 5 || Score 31/1
Ambati Rayudu is the new man in. Varun Aaron has been introduced into the attack as the first bowling change. Four runs from the first three balls, including a wide. Tare then collected a double in the next. In the last two balls came four runs.
Over 4 || Score 21/1
Morkel ready with his second over. Hussey placed the first ball for a single. Two dropped catches might cost RCB dearly. Morkel is mixing his deliveries well. Hussey Out! Hussey tried to pull Morkel but couldn't connect the ball and gave a simple catch to Chahal at short square leg. Four runs from the over.
MEK Hussey c Chahal b Morkel 16 (15b)
Over 3 || Score 17/0
Starc to continue. Hussey played a square drive to collect his 2nd boundary. Seven runs came from the over.
Over 2 || Score 10/0
Albie Morkel is sharing the new ball with Starc. DROPPED Butter hands! Maddinson put down a simple catch at first slip. Two runs came from the over.
Over 1 || Score 8/0
Michael Hussey and Aditya Tare are in the middle to open the innings of MI. Mitchell Starc has started the proceedings for RCB. Two singles in the first two balls. Hussey dropped! Hussey sliced the ball towards point region but Chahal dropped a straight catch. In the fifth Hussey smashed the ball towards cover to collect the first boundary of the match. Eight runs came from the over.
Toss:RCB have won the toss and chose to bowl first. RCB are playing with the same squad. It means, Chris Gayle is not playing in today's game as well. MI have done one change, CM Gautam is out and he has been replaced by Jasprit Bumrah.
After a disappointing start to their title defense, Mumbai Indians will look to pick crucial points against Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, it's easier said than done. Because, up against them will be a squad which can afford to rest the destructive Chris Gayle.
In their first match of the 2014 season, India star Virat Kohli-led RCB register a comfortable win over Delhi Daredevils, of course with help from the Delhi franchise. Most importantly, the two-time finalists have found a new match-winner in Yuvraj Singh, considering how the flambouyant south-paw had endured ignominy in his recent outings for India. The team management, in order to accommodate the under-fire all-rounder ostensibly rested West Indian super-star Gayle in their opening match.
On paper, Mumbai Indians too have a star-studded line-up which can challenge any outfit. Count the names – Michael Hussey, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Harbhajan Singh, etc. and everybody will agree with the stated fact.
So, brace for an enthralling encounter between two sides lead by two of India's hottest talents.
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