In reply, Royal Challengers Bangalore had a good start to their innings.
MI captain & Lewis propel hosts to 213/6.
With the kind of team Mumbai Indians has, theoretically it looked rather improbable that they would have had no wins to their name after 3 matches. RCB can use him to open the innings alongside de Kock if they want Kohli and AB de Villiers to control the shaky middle-order.
Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore failed to chase a mammoth target of 214 runs set by the Mumbai Indians but were they actually robbed of a crucial late wicket? It’s important to give the guys comfort because they should know where they are batting for next few games. Washington Sundar’s first over summed up RCB’s bowling performance.
Lewis was the first to complete his fifty as it was raining fours and sixes at the venue. The RCB skipper managed an impressive 92 in 62 balls. Rohit was given the width he thrives on to smoke boundaries through the covers.
Krunal Pandya, if you can afford him, is also another great option – chips in with both bat and ball. He conceded 32 runs in his two overs and then scored just seven runs with the bat. He played just one defensive stroke, but could not find the gaps with his drives and cuts as Markande showed off his variations and accuracy. Which is what happened to the RCB attack. Full tosses. And Rohit made them pay for their range of errors, hitting 10 fours and five sixes. Barring that wicket, it was a nightmare 21-run last over from the New Zealand all-rounder. He bowled his first two overs in the Powerplay and went for 16 and was then only brought on in the 19th over. On the other hand, even young Markande did not let RCB break free.
Kohli batted through the innings but was unable to get enough support as Mumbai’s left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya took 3-28 in his four overs.
Virat Kohli was furious at the failure of his batsmen to stitch together match-turning partnerships, but he might just agree with Vettori’s assessment too. Bangalore may have some selection issues with the balance of their team in question as their reliance on their big name top four batsmen is not helping them.
In Bangalore where the home venue of RCB named M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore the match between RCB and Rajasthan Royals or RR was executed. However, the last match was not a good one for Kohli’s side.
Royal Challengers have fared the worst among all teams at the death this tournament, giving up 12.49 runs an over.