Second super over in just 10 matches? This shows how competitive all the sides are. RCB had won this game by the barest of margins in the final ball of the super over. This game between MI and RCB will be one of the best ever encounters in IPL history. Now, let’s see the strengths and weaknesses of both the sides.
Result: Royal Challengers Bengaluru beat Mumbai Indians in the super over – Match Scorecard
Talking Points From This Match:
Finch and Padikkal solve RCB’s openers dilemma:
This was a problem RCB was going through since the time Chris Gayle left- a settled opening combination. Finally, they got a settled combination at the top of the order with Padikkal and Finch. During the SRH game previously, Padikkal started to destroy the bowlers during powerplay while Finch was happy to play the anchor role. However in this game, Finch started to explode and Padikkal supported him by taking singles. It looks like they complimented each other very well at the top of the order. Both of them scored fine half centuries to help RCB get above 200 (Finch 52 (35) and Padikkal 54 (40)).
Aaron Finch (Image Source: royalchallengersbangalore | Instagram)
MI’s bowling during the middle overs & Kohli’s woes continue:
When RCB was in the driving seat scoring nearly 10 per over, MI’s spinners managed to contain the flow of runs during the middle overs. And when Finch got out, RCB had to get their danger-man, Virat Kohli as early as possible.
MI planted a strategy of stopping Kohli from rotating the strike constantly. When Kohli was batting, Rohit Sharma brought his leggie, Rahul Chahar in the attack. For stopping singles, Sharma planted as many fielders in the ring. The move paid off!! Kohli got out for just 3 runs off 11 balls. It was also a negative for RCB seeing their star batsman getting out cheaply in all the three matches for them.
When the run rate was moving down to 8, AB de Villiers came out to bat. And when things were going in MI’s way, AB de Villiers destroyed them. When RCB was at 136/2 at the end of 16 overs, ABD took matters into his own hands. He smashed MI’s star paceman Jasprit Bumrah for three sixes.
AB de Villiers (Image Source: royalchallengersbangalore | Instagram)
He looked like he was at his prime best even at this age. The next over, Trent Boult was slaughtered by ABD for 10 runs. And finally to add finishing touches to this masterpiece, ABD took Bumrah to the cleaners once again and brought up his extraordinary half century off just 23 balls. Shivam Dube too gave him great support and he too added 20 runs in the last over to take RCB to a respectable total of 201.
Powerplay bowling problem solved:
In the previous two matches RCB had only taken a solitary wicket in the powerplay overs. In this game, Washington Sundar and Isuru Udana struck with the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav. Washington Sundar bowled a sensational spell conceding only 3 runs in his first two overs. RCB managed to keep MI in check at the powerplay conceding run a ball per over.
Ishan Kishan was playing his first match for MI after coming back from injury replacing Saurabh Tiwary. He started off taking some singles and doubles to keep the score ticking for the Mumbai Indians. When there was a bad ball thrown at him, he was happy to despatch it for a boundary. He batted sensibly when the wickets were falling at the other end. And when the run rate was ticking upto 15, he didn’t panic and play a bad shot.
Ishan Kishan (Image Source: mumbaiindians | Instagram)
He kept on playing the anchor role till the time the score showed 90 off 30 balls. Then, he he changed gears. Kishan slashed the RCB bowlers for sixes and gave the big hitter, Pollard, the strike whenever needed. When the scoreboard showed 11 off 3 balls, Kishan hit a huge six to keep MI in the hunt when they were down and out. At 99, Kishan tried to go for a big shot but ended up giving an easy catch. Kishan was 1 run short of an extraordinary century under the jaws of defeat. However his efforts went in vain, but his knock will remain etched in our hearts.
When Kishan was well set at one end playing an anchor role, Pollard knew he had to go in the fifth gear, being the big hitter. He tonked Adam Zampa for 27 runs in the 17th over with MI still requiring 53 runs in the last three overs. Pollard took Yuzvendra Chahal to the cleaners scoring a 22 runs in the over.
Kieron Pollard (Image Source: mumbaiindians | Instagram)
The dangerous Pollard scored a half century in a mere 20 balls. With 5 runs required off last ball, Pollard hit a four to secure a tie out of nowhere. However Pollard didn’t manage to connect the ball as good as in the match during the super over.
RCB’s death bowling and fielding:
This was a problem that RCB has been for more than a decade. The death bowling continued to be poor in this match with RCB leaking 89 runs in the last 5 overs of the match. It could’ve been an easy win for them if their bowlers at the death contained the run flow of the innings.
And the reason for conceding so many runs was the quality of fielding. There were a lot of misfields and drop catches where most of them were sitters. However, they couldn’t capitalise on their opportunities during the match hence the match was brought down to a tie instead of an easy win.
Questions to be answered:
- Will Kohli come back after scoring just 18 runs in 3 matches?
- Should Nathan Coulter Nile replace James Pattinson in the bowling department?
- Must Ishan Kishan be promoted up the order after an excellent batting display?
- Will Udana or Zampa be replaced by Chris Morris after their poor bowling at the death?
It was quite a crunch contest between these two sides. Will the teams address their issues? After winning two out of three contests, can RCB win this year’s title. Let’s see what happens next.
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