AB De Villiers’ knock of 70 runs of 41 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) went in vain as Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga halted runs in the final two overs to see Mumbai Indians through to victory. A clean win turned controversial as replays on the screen showed that the last delivery was a no-ball which the umpire did not call.
Bengaluru: A match-winning 19th over from Jasprit Bumrah played spoilsport to the flurry of runs that came through the bat of AB De Villiers for the RCB as the Mumbai Indians beat RCB in another thrilling IPL game yet.
A clean victory turned out to be controversial when screens showed that Lasith Malinga had clearly stepped over the line. However, by the time this was shown, players had already shaken hands with messages of congratulations and commiserations.
The visuals no doubt made RCB fans see red.
A miffed Virat Kohli did not hold back during the post-match ceremony and said that umpires should have their eyes open in such games, especially at this level in IPL where the margins (of victory) are so less.
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma too expressed disappointment and said that however, it was not something that players had control over.
Unfortunately, for RCB if this was called it would have given the team a free-hit.
The no-ball controversy however did not shadow the efforts of the both teams who put up a thrilling match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Known to be a difficult pitch for bowlers given the size of the ground at Bengaluru, everyone expected a high-scoring game. However, it was the bowlers who had the last laugh as Bumrah took 3 wickets conceding 20 runs in his 4 overs.
AB De Villiers remained unbeaten on 70 but seemed quite alone after the dismissal of Virat Kohli who became the second batsman after Suresh Raina to reach 5000 runs in IPL.
Shimron Hetmyer and Colin de Grandhomme failed to put up a challenge for RCB.
RCB had won the toss and sent the Mumbai Indians to bat. The visitors got ahead to a good start with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock but Yuzvendra Chahal pulled them back after dismissing de Kock for after the power play. Rohit then built a partnership with Suryakumar Yadav, but fell to Umesh Yadav for 48.
Yuvraj threatened to show no mercy to Chahal who came back well to dismiss the batsman after going for three consecutive sixes. The Mumbai Indians went from 124 for 3 to 147 for 7. Hardik Pandya’s unbeaten knock of 32 of 14 balls came in handy as he helped Mumbai Indians put up 187 runs on the scoreboard.
The target seemed difficult but the RCB was in the hunt and came close in the last over with 181/5, but it was the Mumbai Indians who crossed the finish line by 6 runs.
Last Updated 29, Mar 2019, 8:23 AM IST