MATCH REPORT: Samuel Badree took 4-9 including a hat-trick but the Mumbai Indians currently don’t know how to lose and won by 4 wickets.
Badree, on his RCB debut, bowled a sensational spell of 4-1-9-4, which included a hat-trick. The Trinidadian struck in thrice in succession in his second over, dismissing Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma, to push the visitors into a corner. MI slipped into further trouble when Nitish Rana became the spinner’s fourth victim in the eighth over; Mumbai had slipped to a seemingly hopeless 33 for five chasing 143 to win.
15 Number of hat-tricks in the IPL. Samuel Badree became the second player from Royal Challengers Bangalore to take a hat-trick after Praveen Kumar who did so against Rajasthan Royals also at Bengaluru in 2010.
Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya stitched together a partnership that put the chase back on track. Though Pollard was dismissed on the brink, Krunal finished the job in the company of his younger brother Hardik; MI got across the finish line in 18.5 overs.
It wasn’t until the 14th over that their sixth wicket stand worth 93 gathered pace as the two sensed the repair job had been done. In the 16th over Pollard took on Negi, hitting the left-arm spinner for two consecutive sixes to bring up his fifty. The Trinidadian was Pollard was out in the 18th over when he was caught off the leg-spin bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal. He’d made 70 from 47 balls and hit 5 sixes and 3 fours.
The Pandya brothers then finished the job with Krunal unbeaten on 37 from 30 balls, while Hardik struck Mills for a six to seal the deal.
MI are rapidly becoming the most impressive team in IPL 2017. They don’t know how to lose, which is a good habit to get into. They are building momentum and brim full of confidence. They had recovered with the bat after bowling well to restrict a back to full strength batting line-up to 142.
Returning RCB skipper, Virat Kohli (62 off 37 balls), had earlier hit 5 fours and 2 sixes as he looked like he’d never been away. In contrast his opening partner Chris Gayle (22 from 27) hasn’t got out of first gear in IPL 2017. The Jamaican was extremely cautious against Harbhajan Singh until he hit the off-spinner for a six in the seventh over and scored at less than a run-a-ball till the off-spinner was done through his four overs. When Gayle edged Hardik Pandya behind at the beginning of the 10th over the score was 62 for one.
AB de Villiers and Kohli, who had demolished many opponents last season, added 47 runs in 6.1 overs. Virat, reclaimed from Suresh Raina his number one position as the IPL’s highest run-getter.
Kohli fell in the 16th and de Villiers went an over later as Rohit Sharma took a world-class diving catch one-handed to his right. It was an important wicket as without their two best players RCB struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking. They failed to find the fence once in the last 32 balls of their innings and were well short of a par score at 142 for five.
McClenaghan went some way to restoring his reputation in the tournament so far claimed 2-20, while Harbhajan Singh was on the button through the powerplay conceding only 23 runs in his four overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 142 for five (ViratKohli 62, Mitchell McClenaghan 2-20)
Mumbai Indians: 145 for six in 18.5 overs (Kieron Pollard 70, Krunal Pandya 37*, Samuel Badree 4-9)
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