Wednesday, March 22, 2023

RCB sails through with an easy win

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The defending IPL champions Mumbai Indians are clueless at the moment. They not only lost the first game easily against the KKR but even in this game they looked totally unfocused whether it was batting, bowling or fielding. The peak of their clueless attitude came when there was a thin age by Parthiv Patel during a Malinga over and was well taken by Tare but no one appealed and game kept on going! It may not have made any effect to the ultimate result but MI needs to focus soon else they will be out of the fray very soon. For RCB it was a clinical performance to say the least. Despite loosing 3 quick wickets including their never failing captain Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers first saw through the weather and then played the MI bowling on their own conditions and surpassed the target with 15 balls to spare. Still early days in the competition but RCB looks an all round side this time around and will go long for sure.

IPL 7 | Match 5 | RCB Vs MI

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Toss: RCB and elected to field first

Playing XIs:

MI: Michael Hussey, Aditya Tare, Ambaty Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Jasprit Bumrah

RCB: Nic Maddinson, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, Albie Morkel, Sachin Rana, Ashoke Dinda, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Aaron

Mini Score Card:

MI 115/9 (20) Run rate: 5.75

Ambaty Rayudu 35 (37) | Yuzvendra Chahal 2/17 (4)

Corey Anderson 18 (19) | Mitchell Starc 2/21 (4)

RCB 116/3 (17.3) Run rate: 6.62

Parthiv Patel 57* (45) | Zaheer Khan 2/21 (4)

AB de Villiers 45* (48) | Lasith Malinga 1/29 (3.3)

Result: RCB won by 7 wickets

Points: RCB 2 (4), MI 0 (0)

Man of the match: Parthiv Patel (RCB)

Umpires: Aleem Dar | AK Chaudhary | Vineet Kulkarni (3rd) | K Srinivasan (Reserve)

Match Referee: Graeme Labrooy

How they played the game

Powerplay: MI 49 runs, 1 wicket | RCB 30 runs, 3 wickets

First 50 runs: MI 39 balls | RCB 60 balls

50-100 runs: MI 60 balls | RCB 38 balls

Best Partnership

MI – 2nd wicket: 32 runs off 18 balls between Tare 15 (9) and Rayudu 10 (9)

RCB – 4th wicket: 99* runs off 82 balls between Patel 52* (34) and de Villiers 45* (48)

Fours and SIXES

MI – 8 Fours (2 each by Hussey, Tare and Anderson and 1 each by Rayudu and Harbhajan Singh) | No SIXES

RCB – 12 Fours ( 7 by Patel, 3 by de Villiers and 2 by Maddinson) | 1 SIX by de Villiers

In the PIC: Parthiv Patel drives during his match winning innings

Picture Courtesy: ESPN-Cricinfo 

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