RCB vs MI, IPL 2019: Jasprit Bumrah chokes RCB at death as Mumbai Indians win by 6 runs

An umpiring howler off the last deliver cost Royal Challengers Bangalore dearlyMumbai Indians pipped the hosts by six runs largely due to Jasprit Bumrah's brilliant spell at the deathRCB managed 181 for 5 in reply to 187 for 8 by Mumbai Indians

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BENGALURU: The vociferous crowd at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium was still celebrating home skipper 

Virat Kohli

's personal milestone of 5,000 runs - the second by a player after Suresh Raina - when 

Jasprit Bumrah

 (3/20), unleashed a short ball which Kohli (46, 32b, 6x4), who hadn't scored a boundary in 10 balls, tried to pull.

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The delivery took flight but didn't go the distance and was pouched by Hardik Pandya at midwicket. The contest between arguably the finest pacer and batsman was won by the former.

Chasing 188 for victory was always going to be a daunting task and 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

 needed 72 off 28 balls when the skipper departed. But Mumbai had AB de Villers (70 no, 41b, 4x4, 6x6) to contend with. Up stepped ABD slamming 

Lasith Malinga

 for 20 runs in the 16th over and the 18th over from Hardik Pandya yielded 18 runs, but Bumrah still turned the match on its head.

It's not for nothing that the wily pacer is one of the most feared death-over specialist. In the 17th over he accounted for Shimron Hetmyer and conceded a single run and in the penultimate over he sent back a struggling Colin de Grandhomme while giving away only five runs.

Needing 17 runs off the last over, de Villiers slammed Malinga over the ropes off the first ball, but the Sri Lankan, who joined the team only on Wednesday night, weighed in with his experience and Mumbai won by six runs with the hosts finishing with 181/5.

Earlier, RCB bowlers and MI batsmen oscillated between being good and ordinary. A case in point was the 14th over of Mumbai's innings in which leggie Yuzvendra Chahal (4/38) conceded 20 runs which saw 

Yuvraj Singh

 cart him for three consecutive maximums before being dismissed off the fourth delivery. On the other hand, pacer Umesh Yadav, bowling the 17th over, was measly giving away only two runs and claimed a wicket.

Even as the home side seemed like they were in control of the death overs, the big-hitting Hardik flexed his muscles with an unbeaten 14-ball 32 (2x4, 3x6) to take the visiting side to a competitive 187/8. Forty runs came off the last 17 balls.

Put into bat by the home team skipper Virat Kohli, the visitors were off to a good start provided by 

Rohit Sharma

(48, 33b, 8x4, 1x6) with his fellow opener Quinton de Kock (23, 20, 3x4, 1x6) a tad slow off the blocks. On a wicket which offered the bowlers early pace, Rohit was quick to react. He made his intent clear as he struck consecutive boundaries off Umesh Yadav's bowling and added a couple more off Navdeep Saina in the flowing over as Mumbai piled 52 runs in powerplay. De Kock survived on 16 as Colin de Grandhomme put him down at midwicket off Saini's bowling. But the South African didn't make much of the lifeline.

Introduced in the seventh over, Chahal struck immediately, with de Kock losing his stumps as he tried to reverse sweep a googly.

Suryakumar Yadav (38, 24b, 4x4, 1x6) then decided to go after the bowlers in the company of Yuvraj Singh. After Yuvraj, Chahal, who got crucial wickets despite going for runs, sent back Yadav.

The hosts decided to go with an unchanged squad, while Mumbai brought in Lasith Malinga and Mayank Markande in place of Ben Cutting and Rasikh Khan.

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Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai are sure for the Play-offs. Either Hyderabad or Punjab will be the fourth team. RCB, RR and DC have no chance.



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