RCB defeated MI by 14 runs in one of the crucial encounters of the league stage games in the Indian Premier League held at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Mumbai Indians won the toss and chose to field first. Batting first, RCB scored 167 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their 20 overs. Manan Vohra scored 45 runs off 31 balls that included 4 sixes and 2 fours. Brendon McCullum and skipper Virat Kohli chipped in with their 30s. Colin de Grandhomme played a little cameo of unbeaten 23 runs off 10 balls.
Hardik Pandya was among the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-0-28-3.
In reply, Mumbai Indians had a troubled start as they lost first three wickets for just 21 runs. JP Duminy scored 23 runs before getting run out and then the game was left for Pandya brothers to finish. Hardik Pandya scored 50 off 42 balls while Krunal Pandya scored 23 but couldn’t finish the game as the team fell 14 runs short of the target.
The win takes RCB to fifth place in the league table.
However, despite the win RCB bowlers continued to cause concern for the skipper as they gave away 18 runs just off wides and they have so far bowled more than 12 overs in extras.
The loss will create problems for the defending champions Mumbai Indians as they have won only two games out of the first 8 matches and now need to win all their remaining games to confirm their qualification in top 4.
In today’s match, Delhi Daredevils will play Rajasthan Royals at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi.