Indian Premier League, 2019 |Match 7 |3/28/2019 M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
We've come to the end of a rather, well, eventful affair. We had everything in this game. Mumbai pick up their first win of the season, while Bangalore still remain in search of theirs. Next up, we have Hyderabad hosting Rajasthan on Friday, at 2000 local (1430 GMT). Join in for that one. Cheers!
Man of the Match, Jasprit Bumrah, says he just focuses on the situation in front of him and backs himself. Mentions that he had a plan against every batsman tonight and it came off well. Ends by saying that his shoulder is completely fine.
Mumbai captain, Rohit Sharma, says these mistakes (the no ball incident) are not good for the game of cricket. He feels the wide which was given in the 19th over was not one and that too was a poor decision. Adds that the TV replays should be used more often in such scenarios. Further adds that anything over 180 is a fighting score, not a safe one but their bowlers did their job. States that they were always in the game, that they did not panic and stuck to their strengths. Applauds Lasith Malinga and says he is an experienced campaigner and he has done it a lot of times for Mumbai. Continues saying that they should have scored something above 200 but failed to capitalize on the start they got. Feels that they need to work on those issues in the games further. Ends by saying that this game was a confidence booster for Hardik Pandya and hopes he continues performing well.
Krunal Pandya also comes in for a chat. He says that it was a great game of cricket. Credits the way Bumrah bowled and says he is an outstanding player. Appreciates the effort from Hardik towards the end and he hopes he does this on consistent basis.
Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli, (On the no ball incident) says this is cricket at the highest level and the umpire should have spotted that. On his team's performance, states that they should have finished the innings with the ball better. Reckons that they batted well but could not get over the line. Adds that AB de Villiers needed support and he did not get it much. Feels that they need to be smart at the death with the ball and their pacers need to learn. Continues saying that the responsibility is on every member of the team and they need to step up and show more character. Applauds Jasprit Bumrah and labels him as a world class bowler. Ends by saying that he should not have gone after him and should have played him out.
Mumbai were put under the pump for the most part, especially in the second half of the innings. De Villiers and Kohli were motoring along well, especially the former who went berserk towards the end. But, the visitors' were phenomenal in the death overs. And when you have two of the best in the business, you always have a chance. Bumrah, who was the best bowler of the night for the tourists, and Malinga put on an incredible death bowling display in the last 3 overs and eventually got their side over the line.
Parthiv and Kohli were going along well after losing Ali early. Then the skipper joined hands with de Villiers and the two were cruising along well till Bumrah got Kohli against the run of play. AB carried on, kept his side in the hunt by scoring a fine fifty. 40 runs were needed in the final 3 overs, which is when de Villiers pounded 18 runs off Hardik Pandya's over. It came down to 22 from 12, then 17 from the last one, and then 7 off the last ball, when Malinga bowled the no ball which wasn't picked up.
Seems we have a new topic for debate for the next few days. It was the Ashwin-Buttler Mankad incident a few matches ago, now it's the Malinga overstepping one tonight. Every point matter in this competition, so how much will it affect them as the tournament goes on? Remains to be seen. Either way, Bangalore did well to get close, but the fact that they weren't in a more comfortable position come the final over will be something they will ponder about.
L Malinga to S Dubey, Lasith Malinga... yes, my man! What an amazing over. Amazing. Rolling the years back, isn't he? This is right in the blockhole, Shivam Dubey can only hit it aerially towards wide long on. Rohit moves to his left, Pollard comes from deep mid-wicket to his right, both collide but no harm done. No run taken either but it doesn't matter. MUMBAI WIN BY 6 RUNS! But hold on! What's happened here? Replays are up on the screen and they show that Malinga has overstepped on the last ball, but it's gone unnoticed. Kohli is seen furious and the crowd is clearly unhappy.
L Malinga to de Villiers, Only a single. Malinga with another good yorker. De Villiers can only manage to hit it to long on and take a single. Dubey has to nail this and clear the fence. Can the young man pull something special out of his hat? Big moment awaits...
L Malinga to S Dubey, Misses out! He should have put it away, he knows that. A juicy full toss outside off, Dubey hits it to sweeper cover and gets de Villiers back on strike. 8 needed off 2. Need a big hit now. At least a boundary.
L Malinga to de Villiers, Absolutely bang on. The Malinga of old. A pinpoint yorker on the stumps, AB digs it out off the inner half on the leg side and takes a run.
L Malinga to S Dubey, Dropped! A bit difficult as he's running back, but Bumrah should have taken it, especially at this stage. Slower length ball on off, Dubey swings across the line and gets a top edge as he's early into the shot. It goes over short third man, Bumrah runs back and it comes to his palms, but he can't hang on. Single taken.
L Malinga to S Dubey, SIX! And young Dubey goes big... really big! First ball of the over and he sends it sailing. Full and right in the slot, the southpaw stays deep inside the crease and smokes it over long off for half a dozen. 11 needed off 5 balls.
END OF OVER 19 | 5 Runs & 1 Wkt | RCB 171/5
Lasith Malinga to bowl the final over of the game. He has 16 runs to defend.
J Bumrah to S Dubey, Yorker on off, Dubey drives it to mid off and takes a single. Just 5 runs and a wicket off Bumrah's final over. Beautiful. He finishes with figures of 4-0-20-3.
J Bumrah to de Villiers, Running out of superlatives for his man. What a bowler. Should be called Deadshot if he isn't already. He doesn't miss his mark yet again, spears in the yorker on middle, de Villiers digs it out towards mid on for a single.
J Bumrah to de Villiers, Superb ball. Takes AB by surprise with the bumper. The batsman looks to take the hook shot on but misses. No wide given, not this time. It's the perfect ball.
Shivam Dubey walks out now. Big moment ahead in front of the youngster. AB de Villiers will be on strike though.
J Bumrah to de Grandhomme, OUT! Gone next ball. Bumrah with another wicket. Been an exceptional over so far. Short of a length outside off, de Grandhomme lofts it over covers. Never in control of this, he skies it towards the man in the deep. Krunal out there moves to his right, gets under the ball and gobbles it up.
J Bumrah to de Grandhomme, WIDE! De Kock is furious with the decision. Furious! Can understand too, it does look a big dicey. Short ball outside off, de Grandhomme looks to hit it away but misses. If Quinton could review this, he probably would have.
J Bumrah to de Villiers, Immaculate. He's dead accurate with his yorkers. Bumrah fires it outside off, AB moves across to play at it but is caught on the pads. The ball falls on the off side and the batsmen take a leg bye.
J Bumrah to de Grandhomme, Good length delivery outside off, de Grandhomme does the smart thing by placing it towards point and taking a quick single to bring de Villiers on strike.