Cricket news - Bumrah, Suryakumar clinically dispatch RCB

Suryakumar Yadav smashed 10 fours in his 43-ball 79*

Suryakumar Yadav smashed 10 fours in his 43-ball 79*

Jasprit Bumrah unfurled a bouncer barrage bringing down a high-flying Royal Challengers Bangalore line-up with figures of 3 for 14 before Suryakumar Yadav produced another masterpiece with the bat, striking his unbeaten 79 runs at 183 while appearing to merely caress the ball. Mumbai Indians chased down a total of 164 with five balls to spare and all but ensured their place in the IPL 2020 Playoffs.

RCB remain on second place but their collapse of 4 for 7 after Devdutt Padikkal set them up for a massive score leaves them facing a jittery last week to progress to the final-four.

But wait, back to the start: Padikkal, Philippe and PowerPlay

RCB were the only team in the tournament to have not changed their opening combination. That changed today when Joshua Philippe got another run in the side, this time at his preferred opening slot and at the expense of Aaron Finch. With a back and across set-up like another Australian, Steve Smith, Philiipe hit his spots on the legside with authority against the fast bowlers.

Kieron Pollard got on Krunal Pandya as early as the third over but saw his left-arm spinner go for 12 as Padikkal took over. The southpaw found success against James Pattinson bowling from around the wicket while Phillipe lofted Trent Boult over his head for six. The pair took 54 from the PowerPlay without losing a wicket. The only other time Mumbai didn't strike in the first six overs was also against RCB, a match they lost in the Super Over.

What did Padikkal do well?

Heading into this game, 62% of Padikkal's runs had come in the PowerPlay. When Philippe fell for 33 after a 71-run stand, the onus was on the southpaw to take RCB through the middle phase. Virat Kohli was tied down by Krunal but Padikkal kept beating the man at sweeper cover with his backfoot cut off the spinners. It took him to a 30-ball half-century, the fastest of his four fifties in IPL 2020. A fidgety Kohli was consumed by the returning Jasprit Bumrah, who had the RCB captain top-edge a pacy short ball angled into the body. But Padikkal found another 16-run over out of Rahul Chahar as RCB set themselves up nicely at 129/2 at the 15-over mark.

A freebie before the Bumrah bombs

Mumbai Indians' comeback started innocuously. Pollard brought himself on, a clear match-up play given his two dismissals of the South African previously. He bowled a friendly full-toss that AB de Villiers hit straight to long-leg. Bumrah came back and bounced RCB into a tailspin.

A similar ball to the one that got Kohli - fast and rising steeply - got Shivam Dube into miscuing a pull. Padikkal then swiveled and hit another short ball down the long leg's throat to fall for a well-made 74 off 45. A dot-ball to Gurkeerat Mann meant Bumrah had bowled a double-wicket maiden in the 17th over of the innings. Bumrah would continue to slam the pitch hard before finishing his four thrilling overs with a yorker. His figures of 3 for 14 helped restrict RCB to 164, at least 20 short of a par score.

How did RCB go about their defence of 164?

Kohli gave two overs to Dale Steyn, brought back for this game, in the PowerPlay in the hope of swing but it was the control of Washington Sundar that allowed Mohammed Siraj to take out Quinton de Kock. Mumbai got 45 in the PowerPlay but lost Ishan Kishan immediately thereafter with Yuzvendra Chahal striking in his first. Siraj also picked up Saurabh Tiwary to leave the champions at 72 for 3 in the 11th hour. In came Krunal Pandya as a match-up against Chahal.

The Suryakumar Yadav catalogue of shots

What's your poison? The push drive, the ramp shot, inside-out hit over extra cover off a leggie or a paddle sweep over fine-leg off a fast bowler. Suryakumar Yadav's latest innings had it all and more. He'd walked in to incessant chirping from those in red around the stumps and proceeded to give a display of middle-overs batting that will only cause further aspersions over the latest India T20I squad.

Where Krunal was sent to take down Chahal, it was Suryakumar who did, scoring 25 off 13 balls against the leggie. He hit Chahal for two fours and two sixes, one of them over extra cover to the wide tossed-up delivery. Once the leggie had gone for 37 from his four overs, RCB were behind the eight ball. Suryakumar, though, only went up the gears after hitting a 29-ball half-century. He took apart the previously excellent Siraj and hit him for three fours, finishing the chase in the final over with his 10th four, and bringing out the 'calma' celebration pointed at one of those RCB players that had chirped him.

Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 164/6 in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 74, Joshua Philippe 33; Jasprit Bumrah 3-14) lost to Mumbai Indians 166/5 in 19.1 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 79*; Mohammed Siraj 2-28) by five wickets.

What next for the teams?

RCB still have fate in their own hands. They will take a trip to Sharjah and take on David Warner's Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday. Mumbai, closer to sealing a top-two spot, will take on wobbling Delhi in Dubai in the afternoon clash on the same day.