Yadav provides an exclamation mark on this performance with a delightful drive over extra cover to finish it all off. And then he looks at someone (I don't know whom) and gestures, "Am I all right?". You are more than all right sir. You are more than fine. You are exceptional
That ends tonight's presentation. Mumbai Indians back to their winning ways. Now firmly on the top of the table. Thanks for joining
Suryakumar Yadav, the Man of the Match: "I was looking to finish games for a long time. I used to thick how to do it. I needed to know my game completely and just go out and do it. Been doing meditation, spending time on myself, that helps me out in the middle. The shots that stood out were over covers to Chahal, and the back-foot drive to Dale Steyn. I worked on my game a lot during the lockdown. Before that I used to prefer the leg side. I have been loving the No. 3 position, but I wanted to finish off the game, which is why I am glad with this effort."
Kieron Pollard: "I am big on match-ups in a way. I also watch a lot of cricket. I took a punt and bowled at AB. I could have waited for the last over but if someone has to go for runs I thought I'd take it. Bumrah continues to keep standing up throughout the tournament. But again we have been playing total team cricket. Somebody is always there to pick up the slack. Imagine someone batting at that strike rate after two early wickets. Deep down inside he must be very very disappointed to bot ave donned the blue for India. He just keeps getting better. Again as an individual if you keep staying consistent, you will be rewarded. Nothing happens before its time. There is discussion around my batting position, I would love to be up there, taking the runs and hitting the runs, but we have to do what is the best for the team."
That win takes MI well clear of the pack. Their qualification is all but done, but they will like to win more to stay in the top two. RCB, despite the loss, remain at No. 2. Their NRR is higher than DC's. The win has come thanks to a supreme bowling performance by Bumrah and then Yadav at his best. Showing the national selectors and team management just what they have missed out on. There was a bit of everything in Yadav's innings: extra-cover drives, back-foot punches, sweeps to upset Chahal's lengths and figures, and then the odd ramp in the end. And he stayed cool and calm even as RCB tried to raise the tempers to see if they could induce a mistake
Virat Kohli: "It was a strange phase of batting out there where everything we hit went straight to the fielders. They bowled good channels, and kept us 20 short of a par total. We still gave them a good fight. Tonight we thought the ball might swing early so we bowled Morris and Dale. Then we went to Washy. The game was tight, but I think they batted that phase well."
There has been needle between Kohli and Yadav all night. And he has taken them home without losing his cool. And doesn't get too excited after finishing this off. He is like I am cool, I have not surprised myself with this
Kabir: "Actually this win all but guarantees a top two finish. MI now have 8 wins. We can assume MI will always have the best NRR. The only two teams that can get to 9 wins are RCB and DC (if they win all their remaining games) But, RCB vs DC will have a loser, so it is impossible for both teams to get to 9 wins. Only one of RCB or DC can overtake MI on the table, even if MI lose the next two games, barring a GIGANTIC shift in net run rate. "
Siraj to bowl now
ends up giving him a full toss, and Pollard won't be leaving this, no sireebob. Flicks it through forward square leg for four. That is the game
Pollard walks in with seven to get off seven. I have my money on a walk down the wicket and a leave outside off this ball. Morris will want to bowl a sharp bouncer
slower ball, on a length, Pandya is looking to go over extra. And it seems to me he has picked the slower ball, but ends up hitting it straight to extra cover. There is a send-off. RCB have been feisty all night, but this one doesn't involve their captain Kohli. Morris has had something to say to Pandya, who points a finger and says something in return
that is why Pandya doesn't need to push for twos. He gets one in his slot, on middle and leg, and dismisses it over wide long-on for six. Disdainful
Mid-off goes back
gets down on a knee to sweep this full toss to deep fine leg. Not sure why has gone for this option with the fine leg back
makes room to try to go over extra cover. The length ball sort of stops at him, and the toe end clears extra cover for a couple
full, on off, with mid-off and extra cover up. Yadav has to get only six feet to the left, but drives this straight to extra cover
Eight an over for the last two now. That's two boundaries and eight singles. Fewer singles if the boundaries are sixes. But stranger things have happened in the IPL. Can Morris give Siraj 10 to defend?
Pandya gets the full toss within his range that he is looking for but ends up swinging inside its line
he is looking for the ramp again but Steyn bowls wide and short. He manages to pull this to deep midwicket for one
full toss. Straight. Yadav says thank you very much. Gets on a knee, and uses all of his 143ks pace to guide it over fine leg for six
Four off three legal boundaries so far
full and wide, goes off the toe end fine of the deep point. But they don't push for the two
another wide full toss. He will need a ladder to get there
Full and wide is dangerous with third man up
full and wide, too wide. Pandya is standing his ground
perfect wide yorker, squeezes under his bat
Third man comes up. Mid-off goes back
that is short and wide. And this time it is called despite Pandya's move across
Point goes back. More wide yorkers to be tried?
wide length ball, not called wide because the umpire has decided Pandya moved across. But this is still too wide
Nine an over required with only one Morris over out of the last three. Steyn to bowl ahead of Siraj
Yadav gets the boundary they needed this over. Morris is frustrated but he has bowled length with no deep midwicket. He flicks this over the man in the circle
Should Suryakumar Yadav have made the squad for Australia? Tell us on our rolling report
shuffles across to punch this length ball to leg. Just the single to deep midwicket
full and straight, driven straight of long-on, but they are not pushing for two
Morris has to deny them a boundary this over to make a game of this
but Morris keeps hunting those pads. Punched down to long-on for one. Good over so far
Mid-off is up
|Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|Toss||Mumbai Indians, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.50, Second Session 19.50- 21.20|
|Match days||28 October 2020 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Mumbai Indians 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0|