MI vs RCB, Mumbai

Mumbai Indians won by 5 wkts

MI - 172/5 (19 Ovs)
RCB - 171/7 (20 Ovs)

In the last two games, RCB have shown a lot more intent than they did in the first six. For some reason, they still continue to struggle with team combinations but it was nice to see them push MI really hard till the end and not surrender. "We just have to enjoy ourselves, play the way we did in the last two games," said Kohli after the loss and that's exactly what cricket fans across the globe would want to see. Forget the result, just play with a lot of intensity. And when they do that, they tend to cross the line mostly. Right then, MI will be happy to be back to winning ways after the tough loss against RR. The IPL caravan moves up North to Mohali tomorrow, where Kings XI are hosting the Royals. Hope you enjoyed your time here tonight, we are waiting to enthral you for game 32 as well. See you all again!

Lasith Malinga - Player of the Match: It's been tough for me in the last couple of weeks, because I had to go back to Sri Lanka to play domestic cricket. But I realized whenever I play I got to give my 100 percent and today I did my best and we won the game. We have to prepare mentally for this kind of a tournament. Skill-wise you obviously know what to do. AB is a dangerous player, so we try to minimize the boundaries against him. When he got out, I used my varations to take wickets.

Rohit Sharma - MI skipper: His (Hardik) hitting has been helping the team and him as well, to move forward. This is something he wanted to do because he didn't have a lot of time before coming to the IPL. So he wanted to prove a point with bat and ball, to himself than anyone else. The way he is hitting it gives us confidence as a team that there is someone who can hit that well at the end and win crucial games. Lasith's performance matters a lot to us. We missed him for a few games. His form is very critical for Mumbai. Trust me, with all that he has done over the years, bowling at the death at the Wankhede is very difficult. Credit goes to the bowlers in general for restricting a good RCB batting line-up to 170 odd. To be honest, I still haven't figured out the pitch here this season. Normally it's safe to chase here, but today no one expected it to play this way. If the pitch plays like that I don't want to chase (smiles).

Hardik Pandya - Fantastic victory. Lucky with the start we got. Hats off to both the openers. It was not easy to bat on this wicket but they made it easy for us in the end. I felt RCB didn't bowl well in the Powereplay and that's where I thought they lost the game. We began well and had the bowlers who hit the deck hard and got some purchase off the wicket. The way the wicket started playing, even AB found it difficult but they both (AB and Moeen) played well. It's always good to win at home. We are on the road and hopefully we can continue the winning momentum.

Virat Kohli - RCB skipper: We played a pretty good game I guess. With the ball, we weren't that great in the first six overs but the guys fought hard in the middle overs and came back well. At the end, we had to take the risk with the left-arm spinner, with two right-handed batsmen. Giving pace was risky, especially with a bit of dew. Unfortunately, it didn't come off. He's (Moeen) been outstanding. Striking the ball well and bowling with a lot of heart. It's good to see a senior player taking responsibility and he deserves all the credit. (On the road ahead) We just have to enjoy ourselves, play the way we did in the last two games. Need to keep our composure under pressure. Need to take half-chances.

* Most wins vs RCB in IPL:
16 MI *
15 CSK
14 KKR
12 KXIP
10 RR

* Losing seven out of the first eight matches in a season:
KKR in 2009
KXIP in 2010
DC in 2013
RCB in 2019 *

Pawan Negi to Hardik Pandya:

* Chennai, 2015: 30 off 12 needed - 6.0.6.6
MI win by six wkts

* Mumbai, 2019: 22 off 12 needed - 0.6.4.4.6.wd.1
MI win by five wkts

It was great to see RCB fight hard despite a below-par total, but what's disheartening to see is how they continue to not seize pressure moments. When Mo got one to rip through Ro, there was belief in the red camp. And then he removed the set Qdk too in the same over to really lift RCB. With Negi and Chahal around, they had the potential to edge MI, but Negi was not upto the mark tonight. He bowled three decent overs with the occasional brilliant ball and bowled a really poor penultimate over. Yes Hardik was great under pressure, but credit must be given to Ishan Kishan for the way he counter-attacked and got three crucial sixes that kept MI going. SKY too was very measured in his approach against the away-spinners, until the ball that got him. A good game of cricket overall, but if you are a Kohli or RCB fan, this time hurt a bit more, because this is the seventh loss for the side, potentially ending their hopes of a play-off spot.

18.6 Negi to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, smashed along the ground to long-on and that's the game for Mumbai Indians. Virat Kohli throws the ball away in anger/frustration and thank goodness no one tried to stop that. Could well get hurt because such was the pace on the throw

18.6 Negi to Hardik Pandya, wide, that's way outside off stump, left alone, wide

18.5 Negi to Hardik Pandya, SIX, take a bow Hardik. This time Negi actually gave it some air, Pandya got under the ball and muscled it hard over wide long-on

18.4 Negi to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, Hardik Pandya has killed the game. Or should I say Negi? Why dart the ball when it's turning! Pandya slogs and hits it well enough and wide of long-on

18.3 Negi to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, is that the game already! Poor short ball wide outside off stump, Pandya slaps it hard and splits long-off and deep mid-wicket to perfection

18.2 Negi to Hardik Pandya, SIX, now then, now then, it's not a well timed hit but it timed well enough to just clear long-on. Shortish delivery spinning away, Pandya goes back and powers the ball in the air and gets a vital maximum

18.1 Negi to Hardik Pandya, no run, blind sloggling from Hardik. Is he calm or is he tensed? This shot suggests he isn't that calm. This is an away-spinning ball that bounces, and he's tried to go completely across the line, precious dot ball for RCB

Pawan Negi [3.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

22 to get, this is still MI's game to lose with these two around! Between overs, Ashish Nehra - RCB's bowling coach - gestured to Kohli to bowl Negi than a pacer for this over.

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