and the off stump comes off again! All hands up against another change of pace ball. Milne looks to flick this across the line, but it is a slower ball yet again - in fact, all four of his wickets have now with that lack of pace delivery - as Milne misses and Harshal hits again! Gets his fourth for the day, as Mumbai fold up for their lowest ever score against Royal Challengers in IPL
So Royal Challengers wrap up a 54-run win, and it is a memorable game for Harshal especially. And their all-round performance means they zoom up to No. 3 in the points table. But the action continues tomorrow, and until then, it is a good night and goodbye from Shashank, Raghav, Chandan and me, Himanshu!
Glenn Maxwell is the Player of the Match for his all-round Big Show: "It was pretty close [to being the perfect day]. I though the way Virat and KS got us off well... Those switch-hits is something I have worked on... It was the shorter side... And my bowling is something I have worked on. I'm starting to see the rewards now."
Kohli to speak now: "Very happy, especially the way we won. It was a difficult start when we lost Devdutt. He came in the second over to try and get me out... KS came out and played some amazing shots. He took the pressure off me. Maxi's innings was unbelievable. If you don't try and stamp your authority, Bumrah will get over you - that's how good he is! You have to be at you level best. I'd give it a perfect ten tonight. We left out 15 [runs] out there... Those are the things where we feel we can get 20-25 extra runs. I went with my gut feel with DC [Christian]... With his experience and change-ups, he bowled an amazing over... What Harshal did was unbelievable."
Time for the presentations
Rohit: "Is this the first time that RCB have beaten MI both times in the league stage??" --- Right. In fact, it is the first time they have beaten MI twice in an IPL season, including playoffs or semis.
varnit: "SKY and Ishan's bad form is a crucial factor in MI's inferior performance in this leg. Not just MI, I think, it must be concerning Virat as well considering the fact that these guys are part of the Indian T20 WC squad that will be played on the same grounds." --- Well, we just saw Kohli consoling Kishan after the loss, with the latter looking disappointed as well - and no guesses why.
Riyaz: "Seeing MI at 7th spot (on table) in Pain Deep Pain :'("
The hat-trick hero Harshal: "This is my sixth time on a hat-trick, and the first time I got it - really happy! Pollard is someone who can do damage if you bowl in his areas... so that bluff. I think the way Siraj started - he set the tempo for our bowling performance - and the way Chahal and Maxi bowled..."
RCBian: "985730050... that's not my mobile number, MI Score card from 3-10 batting position"
Here's Rohit Sharma speaking after the loss: "Thought it was a fantastic bowling effort. Looked like they were going to get 180. The batters just let us down. The opening issue has been happening consistently. We have to make sure that the batters carry on. I played a bat shot today and got out; I felt that was the game-changing moment. We need to find ways to bounce back from whatever situations we are in. Kishan is a talented player, we just need to understand the freedom he needs, and need to provide him with that. He had a terrific IPL last year... We wanted to give him the opportunity.. He is relatively young and making his way into international cricket."
9.46pm So a comfortable win for Royal Challengers in the end. Mumbai crumble from 79 for 1 to 111 all out in a flash. A hat-trick for Harshal in his haul of 4 for 17, with Maxwell and Chahal applying the brakes too. Just two batters got into double figures for Mumbai, and Royal Challengers nab two crucial points. Mumbai are now seventh on the points table.
Yatrik Govani: "Well you just jinxed it for Harshal. He cannot take 5 now. And also Chahal is here to prove something, so no chance for a 5-for to Harshal!"
the legspinner now. Good length ball outside off, and with good bounce and turn away from him. Clipped to midwicket to complete a wicket-maiden
the third umpire goes upstairs after Bharat and Kohli appeal for a stumping. The ball pitches on a full length outside off, and straightens too, with no turn this time. He looks to flick that away, but is beaten. No inside edge there, so no caught behind for sure. His back foot is also grounded when Bharat whips off the bails, so it is not out
flighted, and very full and wide of off. Jammed back toward the non-striker
Boult is the last man. A slip there too
cleans him up! The off stump is down and out. Bumrah goes low to sweep this full ball outside off, which is again coming into him. But he plays too early, and is completely beaten by the turn, as the ball strikes the woodwork behind
another wrong 'un. This spins back in off a good length on middle, and takes his front pad
tickles this good length ball toward slip after playing close to his body. It was a googly too
Chahal back from over the wicket
Remember, Harshal had taken a five-for against Mumbai in the first leg too
Anwar: "That dipping slower ball for the hattrick was very shoaib akhtar-esque"
slower ball again. Yorker length on middle, and jammed back toward midwicket
top edge, and flies over the keeper's head! Short delivery on off, and Bumrah goes for the pull but miscues. Not that these runs matter though, but they can help if it comes down to net run rate in the end
high-ish full-toss on middle and leg, and he presents the full face of the bat to push that to midwicket
that is a hat-trick for Harshal, and he is off in celebration! A third slower ball in a row, and it is dipping on to the batter to be a low full-toss on leg. But Chahar is clipping that from off stump rather, and is struck on the pad. Harshal knew it was out the moment he appealed, and the umpire raised his finger immediately too
Chahar to face the hat-trick ball from over the wicket
clips his leg stump, and Pollard departs too! Harshal on a hat-trick. Pollard is across off a little too soon, as Harshal bowls another slower ball which is very full and dipping on middle. It angles in after pitching, and strikes his leg stump since Pollard is already across his stumps.
Stays over for Pollard
Milne is the new man, but will be the non-striker
Kohli runs back at extra cover, and takes that skier! Hardik is beaten by the lack of pace, as Harshal goes for the scrambled seam ball on a full length outside off. He goes for the slog to the on side, but gets it off the leading edge, as the ball balloons to the off side instead. Harshal has his 20th wicket of the season, and with that, he has just pushed his side further ahead
very full and very wide of off. Hardik isn't interested in poking at that, and it is called wide
Harshal returns. Over the wicket
bowls this short again on leg, as Hardik pulls this from middle stump and to deep square leg
goes short of a length now on leg, with the ball angling away. Pulled forcefully to deep square leg
Gyan : "Besides everything, how good SIRAJ has been since last DECEMBER? Spreading Magic ALL OVER!"
slower ball on a full length outside leg. Flicked to deep square after clearing his front leg
Stays around to Hardik
again goes really wide of the crease to bowl that slower ball on a full length outside leg. Flicked to fine leg again. Christian ended up way outside the pitch after bowling it
goes a touch fuller on his pads, as Pollard clips that to fine leg for a quick two
bowls this from very wide of the crease, and Pollard nearly drags that on to the stumps. It is a good length ball on middle and leg, and he looks to clip, but doesn't connect
Christian replaces Maxwell. Around the wicket
It has been 40 balls without a boundary now...
RAJAN: "SKY, Ishan, Hardik form is worrying before WC and they look completely out of sorts. "
|Dubai International Cricket Stadium|
|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||26 September 2021 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Mumbai Indians 0|
Over 19 • MI 111/10