Mumbai had another disappointing finish. Having started the match on a good note, picking up de Kock early in the innings, Mumbai Indians looked good to win the match against the RCB at M. Chinnaswamy.
But Vohra and McCullum’s knocks did hurt the Mumbai Indians a lot. Vohra thrashed the bowlers to all parts of the ground. Scoring at a rate of almost 150, Vohra made 45 off 31 balls with the help of 2 fours and 4 sixes. He looked to be in great touch and just when it seemed that he would go on to score big runs today, he fell prey to Mayank Markande in the 9th over.
Brendon McCullum also played his part quite well. He looked to be in his bashing best. He scored 37 off 25 balls. Though he didn’t score big runs, but he showed signs of coming back into form, something that is really important from RCB’s point of view if they are to make it to the qualifiers.
Kohli also played a good knock, scoring 26-ball 32. Grandhomme ended the innings on a positive note for the Challengers. He hit McLenaghan for 21 runs in the last over of the match. It was this over that helped RCB post a total of 167 on the board for Mumbai to chase.
It wasn’t that big a score to chase. Coming into bat, Mumbai lost 3 off their top 4 batsmen in no time. In the 4th over, Mumbai were tottering at 21-3 with their main man, Rohit Sharma back in the den. Winning the match for Mumbai was just impossible from there. Hardik Pandya, with his brother Krunal Pandya did offer some resistance and kept Mumbai’s hopes of a win alive, but not for long. Hardik’s brilliant performance, both with the bat and the bowl couldn’t help Mumbai win the game. His 3 wickets and a beautiful knock of 50 runs went in vain.
Mumbai could just manage to score 153 in their 20-overs, thus losing the match by a margin of 14 runs.
This match was really important for RCB. If they are to qualify, they have to play every match as if they are playing a semi-final. They still have a chance of qualifying to the next stage. Brendon McCullum’s return to form is a positive sign for them. And once their man, AB de Villiers is back in the team, they will surely fancy their chances.