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18th Match (N), Pune, April 09, 2022, Indian Premier League
(18.3/20 ov, T:152) 152/3

RCB won by 7 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
66 (47)
Cricinfo's MVP
116.04 ptsImpact List
Full commentary

That's all from us for Saturday. Two more games tomorrow, so we'll see you after lunch, won't we? Till then, ta-da!

11.37pm Time for the presentation.

Anuj Rawat is the Player of the Match: "It feels great to score runs in a winning match. I was just following the process. I was not being able to connect in other games, today did it well. Hope for many more to come. RCB team has given us confidence but they have backed me even when I couldn't finish the game. Enjoying the company of Virat bhaiya and Faf."

Subburam: "There is this famous dialogue from a Tamil movie that says "it doesn't matter if it's a marriage or a funeral, I should be the one the town talks about ". MI and CSK performances this year validates it!"

Winning captain Faf du Plessis: "Mumbai are a quality team and we had excellent bowling for atleast 18 overs. There was something in it for the bowlers in the first innings. We didn't want to give them a good start. Rohit played some good shots but his wicket was valuable. Akash Deep bowled really good tonight. It was just one of those nights, where you mix bowlers around and they keep getting wickets. (The chase) Very good, Anuj. I spoke about him before the tournament, he has potential and we talk a lot to develop game awareness. Comes down the wicket, shows intent, he's a very good player for the future."

Mukhlis: "I think CSK will start to win when Deepak Chahar is comeback. But, it is difficult for MI because their issue with the ball will exist until the end of this season."

Sancasm: "Going too hard for Jofra during the auction, looks like MI completely forgot about their bowling unit for 2022 IPL."

Csk fan: "Who would have thought both MI and CSK will be at the bottom of the table at the start of this IPL?"

Samrat Ahuja: "Irrespective of the result, Man of the match should be given to SKY! Although Rawat batted extremely well, Surya's innings was a class above rest!!"


Wanindu Hasaranga: "Normally my googly turns more than legspin, so that's why I bowl googlies more. We have lot of good talent. So whenever I get a chance I am ready to take it."

Rohit Sharma: (two overseas players) Just went with the combination that would be ideal. We chose the best from whatever we had. I wanted to bat as long as possible but got out at the wrong time. We had gotten off to a 50-run partnership, but got out at the wrong time. That is hurting us a little bit. Definitely not a 150-run pitch, Surya showed us you can do that if you bat sensibly. Credit to Surya, but we knew it wasn't going to be enough. (Areas of concern) We want batters to bat deep. And if you get runs on the board, there's something for the bowlers to do."

11.20pm Make that 0 and 4 for Mumbai Indians. And ended in style by Glenn Maxwell with two sublime shots. Faf du Plessis walks out to lead the handshakes. Harshal, Hasaranga and Akash Deep ensured that all Mumbai Indians could crawl to was 151. On this surface, with dew around, it was never going to be enough even if you account for Faf's slow start. Anuj Rawat grew into his innings with 66, Kohli looked sublime in his 48, and both Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik showed they are seeing the ball so well. RCB go 3-1, and move right between the table leaders on six points.

Mumbai have issues with both bat and ball. Kishan is not being aggressive enough, or his timing isn't coming on. Pace bowling barring Bumrah is also an issue.

Brevis to Maxwell, FOUR runs

length ball outside off. Maxwell stays on the back foot, thumps a cut in front of square, and that is GAME OVER. Royal Challengers Bangalore win by seven wickets

Brevis to Maxwell, FOUR runs

welcome back, Maxi! Half-tracker outside off. Maxwell goes for the switch hit, and thumps a left-hander's pull behind square for four

Brevis to Kohli, OUT

over the stumps. Full on middle, and Kohli presses forward to defend. Ball doesn't turn as much, and the ball goes past the bat's inside half. Hits the front leg, and lbw appeal is given out! Has Brevis taken a wicket off his first IPL delivery? And that too Kohli? Hold on, young man, Kohli has reviewed.- This is close because the ball is close to the bat's edge AND the pad. What will the TV umpire decide? He decides that the ball is too close to the bat and pad at the same time, so he has to go with the on-field umpire's decision (of out) on the bat/pad issue and doesn't have evidence to overrule it. The rest is decided by technology, as ball-tracking says that's crashing into middle. Kohli isn't happy, but he has to go for 48 and Brevis has a first baller!

Virat Kohli lbw b Brevis 48 (36b 5x4 0x6 56m) SR: 133.33

Eight off 12. Here's some Brevis legspin

end of over 1813 runs
RCB: 144/2CRR: 8.00 RRR: 4.00 • Need 8 runs from 12b
Dinesh Karthik7 (2b 1x6)
Virat Kohli48 (35b 5x4)
Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-31-0
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-30-1
Bumrah to Karthik, SIX runs

DK turning it on!. Usual transmission from Dinesh Karthik, so quick off the blocks always. Doesn't bother to see Bumrah's final ball of the evening off, instead sees the short ball and pulls in front of square for six.

Bumrah to Kohli, 3 runs

terrific from Kohli and DK, forcing the pressure and errors from Mumbai. Length ball on middle, and Kohli very gently tapped it to midwicket. Called for two early, and DK was going to be in comfortably at the bowler's end, but the fielder Tilak makes an awry throw, and that's another overthrow run for RCB.

Bumrah to Kohli, no run

crucial dot. Back of a length on off. Kohli wants to ramp it over the keeper, but can't connect. Bit of a groan from him after missing out

Manish Shamnani: "I would have picked completely different side for Mumbai - Rohit, Kishan, Sky, Tim David, Tilak, Anmol, Fabien, Riley, Bumrah, Unadkat, Mayank.Because clearly this side is not working."

Bumrah to Karthik, 1 run

length ball just outside off. Wants to guide it to third man but the ball ends up hitting the bat's inside half instead

H. Prasanna : "Ooh... DK ahead of Maxwell. Speaks volumes about his ability."

Bumrah to Kohli, 1 run

takes a single by knocking it to the side

Bumrah to Kohli, 2 runs

Almost a run out, but then overthrows as Kohli punched this length ball outside off to backward point. Brevis dived and threw it to the batter's end, which would've had DK run out for a 0-ball duck, but he missed. Poor backing up from Tilak allows the overthrow run

Bumrah is back.

end of over 179 runs • 1 wicket
RCB: 131/2CRR: 7.70 RRR: 7.00 • Need 21 runs from 18b
Virat Kohli42 (31b 5x4)
Dinesh Karthik0 (0b)
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-30-1
Kieron Pollard 3-0-24-0

Aravind: "That was probably the only way Mumabi were going to get Rawat out. None of the bowlers seemed likely to get him today"

Unadkat to Kohli, 1 run

full just outside off. Knocked to the off side for one

Unadkat to Kohli, 1 run, OUT

length on off. Bunted to mid on's right, but Kohli wants two. Rawat does as Kohli says, but he's fallen short! Direct hit from Ramandeep who runs in from the deep and throws at the base of the stumps. Ends Rawat's knock of 66

Anuj Rawat run out (Ramandeep Singh) 66 (47b 2x4 6x6 87m) SR: 140.42
Unadkat to Kohli, no run

full just outside off. Ball angles into VK sharply as he can't connect with the cut. Ball whizzes over off stump

Unadkat to Rawat, 1 leg bye

\yorker, on leg stump or maybe just outside it. Rawat misses any connection, hits him, and they scurry across for one. Huge lbw appeal but turned down. Mumbai review but pitching just outside leg. Rawat survives

Unadkat to Rawat, SIX runs

gets to double six with a six! And that's his sixth sixth! Full on middle. Rawat skips down the ground and hammers a slog from his pads over deep midwicket. So confident right now that he took on the player positioned on the boundary line there

Unadkat to Rawat, no run

around the stumps. Length ball on off stump, and angling across. Cut in front of square, finds the fielder at cover


end of over 1611 runs
RCB: 122/1CRR: 7.62 RRR: 7.50 • Need 30 runs from 24b
Anuj Rawat60 (44b 2x4 5x6)
Virat Kohli40 (28b 5x4)
Kieron Pollard 3-0-24-0
Basil Thampi 4-1-29-0

Crafty: "@Amogh: Maybe Bumrah's inability to take wickets us because he's the only wicket taking option. The opposition know they can just play him out."

Pollard to Rawat, 1 run

full toss wide outside off. Drilled to deep extra cover with a cut

Pollard to Rawat, SIX runs

Rawat swats Pollard away after that! Pollard bowls a gentle length ball on leg stump, and Rawat has smacked it across the line by going deep in his crease and exploring the region behind square on the leg side

Pollard runs in but doesn't bowl. Stops in his stride. We've seen this before. Slowing down proceedings.

Pollard to Rawat, no run

slower ball, full and wide outside off. Rawat loses his shape as he tries to swipe across the line, Misses it completely

Pollard to Rawat, 1 wide

Pollard bowls a wide full toss, way outside off stump, with Rawat offering no shot

Pollard to Kohli, 1 run

full on middle. Tucked with soft hands to midwicket and he runs the first one hard. But Tilak runs in quickly to ensure they don't think of a second

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Over 19 • RCB 152/3

Virat Kohli lbw b Brevis 48 (36b 5x4 0x6 56m) SR: 133.33
RCB won by 7 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)
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