IPL 2018 Match Score RCB vs MI: As Mumbai Indians gear up to go against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will have no room for error at this stage. With two wins each in the first half of the season, there is little breathing room for either of the teams. Realistically, both RCB and MI will need to win six of the seven remaining matches to have a shot at making the playoffs. This makes this head-on clash more critical for both teams. On one hand, where Mumbai managed to win their last game, RCB lost theirs. Mumbai left out Kieron Pollard to organise an underperforming middle order, while Royals gave chance to Tim Southee which had strengthened what had till then been one of the worst bowling attacks in the competition.
Excluding Pollard has not been fully tested yet, since Mumbai lost just two wickets against Chennai Super Kings, but their batting order- with Ben Cutting also slotting in, replacing Mustafizur Rahman- looked ominous, with serious hitting ability up until the eighth spot.
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Here is IPL Match Score RCB vs MI:
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11.37 pm: A masterclass in death-bowling from Tim Southee, but how important was that final over bowled by McClenaghan in the first innings. He went for 24 that over, and that was the difference between the two sides tonight. Virat Kohli’s a very happy man, but Mumbai Indians now need to win all their games to be ensured of qualification. It’s going to be difficult.
11:34 pm: Southee to HH Pandya, OUT, Is that the game?! Full on off, and Hardik drills it straight to long on. Dives forward and takes an excellent tumbling catch. What a change in attitude though. Took a similar catch two nights ago, but didn’t show any emotion that evening.
11:30 pm: Mohammed Siraj to KH Pandya, OUT, that defied the laws of Physics! Full on leg stump, and Krunal got down on one knee to ramp it over fine leg. Takes the leading edge, and goes to…wait for it…point.
KH Pandya c Mandeep Singh b Mohammed Siraj 23 (19b 1×4 1×6) SR: 121.05.
11:26 pm: Mohammed Siraj to KH Pandya, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, and Krunal can’t put it away. Hits his front leg as they scamper across for the run. Another run added to the extras. They’re reviewing anyway
Mumbai need 30 off two overs.
11:20 pm: The Pandya brothers remind me of Pathan brothers vs SL.
10:52 pm: It’s our lucky day, guys! De Grandhomme to bowl.
10:44 pm: RCB have now conceded 95 extras, 33 more than anyone else in the competition. That’s about 12 extras per game, an abnormally high figure for a T20 innings. Washington to bowl now. Deep backward square goes very fine. Leg slip too
10:34 pm: Mohammed Siraj to Pollard, OUT, soft dismissal! Edged to QDK. Good length outside off, and Pollard tries to play the late cut. The ball just about seams away and that induces the edge. Comfortably taken by the keeper
KA Pollard c †de Kock b Mohammed Siraj 13 (13b 1×4 0x6) SR: 100.00
10:25 pm: Yadav to Pollard, 5 runs, overpitched outside off, and that’s been drilled to McCullum at mid off. Could be a run out, but it’s not a direct hit! Oh dear, no one’s backing up either. Chahal and Siraj try hard to stop the ball near the boundary, but it’s a futile attempt by both men.
10:23 pm: Mumbai Indians require another 134 runs with 7 wickets and 14.3 overs remaining.
10:18 pm: I would blame Rohit for this situation. He must open. Always. I would rather take 0/1 than 21/3. Anyday.
10:04 pm: Mumbai Indians require another 147 runs with 9 wickets and 17.1 overs remaining.
9:55 pm: Southee to Ishan Kishan, OUT, another duck for Kishan! Third duck in four innings. Full on off stump, and swings into Kishan’s pads. He tries to drive towards mid on, but there’s a big gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through and crashes into off middle stump. Perfect start for Bangalore
Ishan Kishan b Southee 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
9:52 pm: RCB have lost their last five games at home while defending a total. Will take some effort to break that rut tonight.
9:34 pm: Struggling RCB post defending total of 168 runs.
9:31 pm: Hardik Pandya is now the joint-highest wicket-taker in this IPL, with 11 wickets.
8:51 pm: Mayank Markande is a class act. Not only his bowling but also his demeanour on the field is great. No unnecessary display of aggression unlike some other new age India bowlers.
8:29 pm: McClenaghan to de Kock, OUT, back of a length and outside off, offcutter it is, swatted away away in the air, did that carry to short midwicket? The soft signal is out. TV umpire called in. Rohit bends low at short midwicket and wraps his fingers around the ball. Excellent low catch from the Mumbai captain. De Kock just could not time the ball tonight. He simply dragged it away
Q de Kock c Sharma b McClenaghan 7 (13b 1×4 0x6) SR: 53.84
Quinton de Kock’s runs have been 41.31 runs below par, which is the worst among batsmen who have faced at least 50 balls this season.
7:55 pm: Mumbai chasing at Chinnaswamy against this clueless bowling attack after they bat without AB? I’d better watch something on Netflix” — Hang on, Kohli will transform into Thanos tonight and will wipe out the Mumbai Indians.
7:49 pm: Yesterday, it was Thanos Dhoni and today it is Kohli Thanos. Looks like the team of 20 Avengers is not going to be enough for IPL Infinity Stones 🙂
7:38 pm: Mumbai Indians win the toss and choose to bowl first
Rohit Sharma: It looks a good pitch. With the dew coming in, it will be better to bowl first. Kishan is a great kid and we want to throw some responsibility at him. Unfortunately, Lewis misses out because he has hurt his wrist. Pollard comes back
Virat Kohli. If you don’t play well at home, it’s not a good feeling, and we want to change that. We would have fielded first as well, and it’s a difficult wicket to defend. AB still hasn’t recovered from a viral fever. Washington Sundar replaces M Ashwin
7:25 pm: ABD, Mooen,Tim Southee and Woakes should be the foreign players playing for RCB. QDK, apart from one innings he scoring around the strike rate of 120’ish. Which Parthiv also does.Get Parthiv to open, he was in decent touch last home season.This will allow Kohli and ABD to play more in the middle overs, which currently is the area of concern for RCB.And it will also make bowling and lower middle order bit strong.
7:15 pm: Hello and welcome to probably the first most crucial match of the season. Both RCB and MI will be seeking a win today.
Here are Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians squad:
RCB: Q de Kock (wk), BB McCullum, V Kohli (capt.), M Vohra, Mandeep Singh, C de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, TG Southee, UT Yadav, YS Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
Mumbai: SA Yadav, RG Sharma (capt.), Ishan Kishan (wk), JP Duminy, KH Pandya, KA Pollard, HH Pandya, BCJ Cutting, MJ McClenaghan, M Markande, JJ Bumrah