Dubai, Sept 29: The drama continued in Indian Premier League (IPL) as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) went out for second Super Over in the tournament. With one of the famous duo of the IPL - skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers - coming in the Super Over, it was Virat Kohli and Co. who defeated the MI.
Asked to bat first, RCB displayed a steady start as Devdutt Paddikal and Aaron Finch got hold off the momentum. Meanwhile, the MI bowlers were looking for a breakthrough in order to break the partnership of the RCB openers but in vain. In the final over of the powerplay, RCB moved past fifty, with Finch batting on 40 and Devdutt Padikkal batting on 14. In no time, the Australian limited-overs skipper brought up his fifty in the eighth over. But, his innings did not last as Boult managed to get their first breakthrough, dismissing Finch for 52.MI started to put pressure on RCB and the trick worked as it helped them to get big wicket of Virat Kohli in the 13th over. Chahar got the RCB skipper out as Kohli’s counterpart Rohit Sharma held onto an easy catch. RCB had to put big target on the scoreboard in order to defend.
Devdutt Padikkal took the responsibility and hit two sixes off James Pattinson in the 14th over as RCB moved to 110. With ABD being at the other end, Padikkal completed his second fifty in the last three games, and AB de Villiers charged against MI and hit fours and sixes helping RCB to take past 150. But the 62-run stand was broken as Boult dismissed the left-hander for 54. However, ABD continued to take on Bumrah. Both ABD and Dube scored 17 runs in the to push his side past 180. Dube then went guns blazing over MI's Pattinson and scores 20 runs off the final over and RCB set a target of 202 runs.
With 202 runs needed to win, MI required a strong opening partnership but Washington Sundar struck early as he got big fish - skipper Rohit. Following this came RCB debutant Isuru Udana who dismissed Suryakumar Yadav. Sundar keeping things extremely tight in powerplay for MI to score runs. He took a wicket and conceded only 7 runs in his three overs. As soon as Chahal came to bowl, he got Quinton de Kock out in his first over. Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan then added 39 runs together, but Zampa broke the stand, dismissing Hardik in the 12th over. Kishan, who was playing his first game of the season went on to bring up his fifty.
By the time 16 overs were over, MI was 122/4, needing 80 off the last four overs. Pollard on the other hand took the matters into the hand and went after Zampa in the 17th over, hitting him for 27 runs with the help of three sixes and a four. Both - Pollard and Kishan - went on against RCB bowlers in the next two overs reducing MI’s target to 31 off 12 balls. Meanwhile, Navdeep Saini and conceded only 12 runs in the last over. With Isuru Udana bowling the last over, Kishan hit a six on the third ball as Gurkeerat Singh Mann dropped catch at long-off. He hit another six on the next ball and moved to 99. With MI needing 5 from the last two balls and Kishan needing 1 for his but was caught at deep mid-wicket. MI required 5 to seal a win on the final ball and Pollard sent one past the boundary rope for a four to tie the scores and push the game into the Super Over.
It was MI who batted first in the Super Over, with Pollard and Hardik coming in. Here, Saini shone as he did remarkably well to limit the opposition to 7 runs and picking up a wicket of Kieron Pollard. RCB needed 8 to win the Super Over and then came ABD and skipper Kohli as MI picked Bumrah to bowl the over. And the thrilling show started. Bumrah conceded just two off the first two balls and things started to look uneasy for ABD but took a review to overturn the decision on the third ball. RCB needed 6 off the last three deliveries and ABD did well to hit a four off Bumrah’s bouncer to bring down the target to 2 off 2 and the match went to the final ball. But, Kohli hit a four to take the second win for RCB.
In this match, RCB openers -Paddikal and Finch - took the charge to make things steady whereas the MI openers -Quinton de Kock and Sharma - fell apart. The middle-order also worked for RCB as ABD and Dube moved the target past the 200-run mark. A new find for RCB would be Isuru Udhana who took wickets at right time. For MI, Pollard shined for MI, and Kishan, though missed his century did his magic. Chahar and Boult also continued to do their job at However, what seems worrying for RCB is the bowling department who lacks to put pressure on the batsmen and the form of skipper Kohli.
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 201/3 (AB de Villiers 55*, Devdutt Padikkal 54; Trent Boult 2/34) tied Mumbai Indians 201/5 (Ishan Kishan 99, Kieron Pollard 60*; Isuru Udana 2/45)
Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/0 beat Mumbai Indians 7/1