MI VS RCB Match Highlights: In a thrilling encounter at the Wankhede Stadium, the Mumbai Indians showcased their batting prowess as they successfully chased down a challenging target set by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Suryakumar Yadav’s explosive innings, accompanied by Nehal Wadhera’s crucial contribution, outshone the brilliant performances of RCB’s Glenn Maxwell and Faf du Plessis. Let’s delve into the highlights of this high-scoring encounter.
The Maxwell-Faf show
During RCB’s innings, Virat Kohli & Faf-Du-Plessi came into ground to open their 1st innings but unfortunately kohli caught behind while stepping out due to leading edge . Then Maxwell and du Plessis were on the crease & showed why they are rated as two of the most devastating batters in T20 cricket. Maxwell bludgeoned 68 runs off just 33 balls, featuring 8 fours and 4 sixes, while du Plessis contributed 65 runs off 41 balls, including 5 fours and 3 sixes. Their partnership of 120 runs off 62 balls propelled RCB to a challenging total of 199/6.
RCB had lost two early wickets, they were up against MI’s best spinner, Piyush Chawla, who was the biggest wicket-taker of Mumbai go wicket less yesterday and the onus was on them to set the target at the Mumbai ground where no total is safe enough. The home team had a missed opportunity when they dropped Du Plessis on zero. The RCB opener flicked a low full-toss from Jason Behrendorff uppishly but Nehal Wadhera put down a fairly routine catch at short midwicket.
Jason Behrendorff’s Early Strikes and Maxwell’s Dismissal:
MI’s left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff made an impact right from the start, claiming the crucial wickets of Virat Kohli and Anuj Rawat early in the innings. Behrendorff’s two quick breakthroughs reduced RCB to 16/2 in the third over. However, it was his dismissal of Glenn Maxwell, who was in tremendous form, that provided the much-needed breakthrough for MI. Maxwell’s innings was brought to an end at 68 runs, courtesy of a slower delivery from Behrendorff.
“Me and Faf have had some nice partnerships, so it was very enjoyable,” said Maxwell. “I think it was around a 200-wicket, but there were a few balls that kept low. You try and play the conditions as much as you can. I was really committed today and super positive in my mindset. I tried to play the field and tried to back my instincts.”
Chawla Went Wicketless
Chawla has been MI’s standout spinner this season, he went wicketless for 41 runs. In a bid to control the RCB top order, captain Rohit gave him the new ball in powerplay. But, he was unable to make any impression on Maxwell and Du Plessis. The RCB captain was hitting him down the ground while Maxwell was messing him up with his strokes square & reverse sweep of the wicket.
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The difference they make to the RCB batting was seen in how MI pulled things back once their partnership was broken in the 13th over. After Behrendorff deceived Maxwell with a slower ball, MI picked up two more quick wickets. Kumar Karthikeya bowled an excellent 14th over, conceding just five runs and getting the wicket of Mahipal Lomror. Cameron Green provided further lift to the hosts with the scalp of Du Plessis on the first ball of the 15th over. From 131/2 in 12 overs, it was 152/5 after 15 overs.
It ensured the visitors couldn’t capitalise on the slog overs. Going at nearly 11 per over till the 12th, RCB could manage just one 10-plus over of their last seven — the 15 runs they got in the 18th over off with Dinesh Karthik hitting two fours and one six off left-arm spinner Kumar Karthikeya.
Mumbai Batters Gave a Solid Start in Powerplay
In 2nd innings when mumbai came to bat all eyes were on Rohit Sharma while MI was chasing in their home ground . After dropping himself down to No.3 against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, the MI captain, who had managed only five runs in his last four IPL innings, returned to the top of the order. Ishan kishan who was recently selected for WTC final 2023 gave a fiery start . But Wanindu Hasaranga removed both MI openers — Ishan departed after a sizzling 21 ball 42; Rohit’s lean IPL 2023 patch continued as he fell for 7 off 8.
Surya – Wadhhera’s 140 run partnership
Then Enter Suryakumar Yadav and Nehal Wadhera. The game’s trajectory changed as SKY entered beast mode. As Faf said after the match, ‘He’s one of the best. When he gets going ,he’s really difficult to bowl to. You can’t shut him down.’ Suryakumar Yadav and Wadhera kept the equation in check with a smart display of batting, finding the boundaries by picking their gaps well before shifting gears. They took control after coming together at 52/2 to help MI reach 99/2 in 10 overs.
The senior pro shifted into top gear from there on to reach his half-century in 26 balls. The century of their partnership was reached in 53 balls to take the total to 150 in 13.3 overs.In pursuit of a target of 200, Yadav smashed 83 off 35 balls (7×4 6×6) at a strike rate of 237.14 to win the Player of the Match award. When he finally fell, trying to hit his seventh six, MI needed just 8 off 26 balls to win. The third-wicket partnership between Surya and Wadhera (52* off 34 balls) was worth 140 off 66 balls and took the match away from RCB at a very rapid clip.
The Mumbai Indians’ commanding chase, led by Suryakumar Yadav’s explosive innings, overshadowed the impressive batting display of Glenn Maxwell and Faf du Plessis for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. With their emphatic win, Mumbai Indians jumped to the third position in the IPL standings. This thrilling encounter further solidified the reputation of the IPL as a platform for exhilarating cricket and showcased the talent and skill of the players involved.