Indian Premier League, 2022 |Match 18 |4/9/2022 Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
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Anuj Rawat is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his knock of 66 runs off just 47 balls. He says, it feels great to contribute to the team in a winning cause. Adds that he was following his process and kept things simple. Tells that the senior players have given him a lot of confidence and he feels good to be playing alongside Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis.
Faf du Plessis, the victorious skipper, says that Mumbai is a strong team and it feels good to win against them. Tells that they would have taken 151 any day. Mentions that there was something for the bowlers with the new ball. Tells that Rohit Sharma played some good shots and it was a valuable wicket for them. Says that Akash Deep was excellent with the ball in this game. Adds that it was a brilliant bowling performance. Informs that he spoke to Anuj Rawat before the start of the tournament and he has immense talent.
Rohit Sharma, the skipper of Mumbai, says that he thought that the combination of two overseas players would be ideal. Tells that they chose the best from what they had. Says that he wanted to bat long but got out at the wrong time. Tells that four losses on the trot is hurting them a bit. Informs that it is definitely not a 150 pitch and credits Suryakumar Yadav for his excellent knock. Informs that Suryakumar Yadav showed them that if one can bat sensibly, it is possible to get runs. Adds that they want to bat deep and if there are runs on the board then there's something for the bowlers too. Ends by saying that he has spoken of collective performances both with the bat and ball, and once that comes through, they will start seeing the results.
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Wanindu Hasaranga is up for a quick chat. He says that he is happy with his rhythm. Mentions that normally his googlies turn a little more than his leg-spin so he loves to bowl it. Tells that they have a lot of good talent and is ready to take his chance with the bat whenever he gets an opportunity.
Mumbai were denied early breakthroughs but it was Jaydev Unadkat who got rid of Bangalore's skipper in the 9th over. However, they leaked runs once Anuj Rawat and Virat Kohli got their eye in and failed to get wickets in the middle overs. Mumbai's bowlers weren't bad but they failed to put consistent pressure on the batters. They did get rid of Anuj Rawat at the backend, courtesy of some brilliant fielding from Ramandeep Singh. Dewald Brevis got the prized scalp of Virat Kohli and gave his team something to cheer for. In the end, one will have to say that Mumbai were certainly 15-20 runs short, in spite of Suryakumar Yadav's heroics with the bat.
Bangalore started steadily in the Powerplay and the opening stand of 50 ensured that were keeping up with the required rate. Faf du Plessis perished but Rawat carried on in his merry way and played with great maturity. Virat Kohli batted well alongside Rawat and they stitched together a partnership of 80 runs. Even though Bangalore lost a couple of wickets at the backend, the damage had already been done by Rawat and Kohli. Dinesh Karthik and Glenn Maxwell provided the finishing touches and made sure that there aren't any more hiccups for them.
A comfortable victory in the end for Bangalore, they make it three wins in a row! Mumbai on the other hand, have suffered their fourth consecutive defeat and their hunt for a win continues. Bangalore didn't have a mountain to climb but the pair of Anuj Rawat and Virat Kohli batted smartly and never allowed Mumbai to get in the driver's seat. Had Mumbai been a bit better in the field, this game might have gone down to the wire.
Dewald Brevis to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! SMASHED! There it is! Maxwell finishes things off in style! A short ball, outside off. Maxwell stays back and cuts it through the cover region for a boundary. Bangalore win by 7 wickets!
Dewald Brevis to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! Maxwell means business! On a length, outside off. Glenn Maxwell plays the switch-hit and bags a boundary.
Glenn Maxwell walks out to bat.
Dewald Brevis to Virat Kohli, OUT! LBW! Dewald Brevis will remember this wicket for a while. His first delivery in Indian T20 League and he has got the wicket of Virat Kohli. Is there another twist in the tale? Bangalore would not hope so as they have Dinesh Karthik at the crease. Tossed up delivery from Dewald Brevis, on middle. Virat Kohli presses forward and looks to defend. He misses and gets thudded on the pads. Big appeal from Dewald Brevis and Ishan Kishan and the umpire straightaway raises his finger. Virat Kohli challenges the umpire though. UltraEdge shows no bat involved. Ball is very close to the pad so the third umpire moves onto the Ball Tracking which shows all three reds. The original decision stands. Virat Kohli doesn't like it as he thinks it was pad first but has to depart.
END OF OVER 18 | 13 Runs & 1 Wkt | RCB 144/2
Dewald Brevis comes into the attack.
Jasprit Bumrah to Dinesh Karthik, SIX! BOOM! Short and banged itno the pitch, on middle. Dinesh Karthik is in great form and he is not going to miss out on those. He rocks back and pulls it with some authority to deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Huge hit!
Jasprit Bumrah to Virat Kohli, Back of a length, on middle. Virat Kohli taps it through mid-wicket and calls for two and gets it easily. A wayward throw from the fielder in the deep at the bowler's end and that allows the batters to take another run as well. Should have only been two but now it's three.
Jasprit Bumrah to Virat Kohli, A short ball, outside off. Virat Kohli looks to hook it away but fails to get any connection. He is not at all happy with that.
Jasprit Bumrah to Dinesh Karthik, Back of a length, outside off. Dinesh Karthik looks to defend. The ball goes off the inside edge to the left of Ishan Kishan for a single.
Jasprit Bumrah to Virat Kohli, Good-length ball, on middle. Kohli tucks it to deep mid-wicket and takes a single.
Jasprit Bumrah to Virat Kohli, Two! Good-length ball, outside off. Virat Kohli punches it to backward point. The fielder there half-stops it. The batters take a single but the fielder has a shy at the striker's end and misses and the batters take a run more off overthrows.
END OF OVER 17 | 9 Runs & 1 Wkt | RCB 131/2
Jasprit Bumrah (3-0-18-0) is back on.
Jaydev Unadkat to Virat Kohli, Slower ball, on leg. Virat Kohli makes room for himself and taps it to point for a single.
Jaydev Unadkat to Virat Kohli, OUT! RUN OUT! Length ball, on middle. Virat Kohli plays it softly to long on and sets off for a single. He calls back for the second run but Ramandeep Singh quickly collects the ball and fires a throw at the bowler's end. He hits the stumps and Mumbai appeal for a run out. Replay shows that Anuj Rawat is fraction out of his crease. Nonetheless, he has probably played a match-winning knock for his side and departs for a well-made 66. Dinesh Karthik walks out to bat.