Images from Monday's IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians, in Dubai.
Virat Kohli and A B de Villiers held their nerve in the Super Over to clinch victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore in Monday’s IPL match against Mumbai Indians, in Dubai.
Needing eight to win after Mumbai Indians were restricted to just 7 for 1 by Navdeep Saini, with Hardik Pandya dismissed, Kohli hit the last delivery of the Super Over from Jasprit Bumrah for four to take the Royal Challengers across the line.
Earlier, splendid batting by Ishan Kishan (99 off 58 balls) and Kieron Pollard (60 off 24) helped Mumbai Indians tie Royal Challengers Bangalore’s total of 201 for 3 in their 20 overs.
The pair rallied the Mumbai Indians after they were reeling at 78 for 4 in the 12th over following the dismissal of Hardik Pandya. The duo threw all caution to the wind, after skipper Rohit Sharma (8),
Surya Kumar Yadav (0) and Quinton de Kock (14) were out cheaply, and took the match into the Super Over, with Pollard, needing five to win off the last ball of the match, hitting a four.
Kishan and Pollard were just too good, as they got 89 off the 90 runs required in the last five overs with some breathtaking sixes primarily off leg spinners Adam Zampa and Yuzvendra Chahal.
The standout bowler for RCB was young Washington Sundar, with figures of 1 for 12 in 4 overs.
RCB now have two wins from three games after winning this edition's second Super Over. Delhi Capitals's victory over Kings XI Punjab was the first Super one.
Put in to bat, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batsmen came up with a superb display to amass 201 for 3 in their 20 overs.
After openers Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal blazed away early, A B De Villiers stepped on the accelerator in the latter part of the innings to give the Royal Challengers a healthy total.
All three batsmen registered half-centuries. Padikkal scored 54 off 40 balls, including 5 fours and 2 sixes; Finch 52 off 34, including 7 fours and a six; and de Villiers 55 off 24, studded with 4 fours and as many sixes.
Skipper Virat Kohli failed again, picking just 3 off 11 deliveries.
All the Mumbai Indians bowlers were pathetic. Bumrah, in particular, was disappointing, clobbered for 42 runs without any return.
James Pattinson was taken to the cleaners for 51, while Trent Boult was slightly better with figures of 2 for 34.
Pattinson, bowling the last over, started with a dot ball, but Shivam Dube then hit him for back-to-back sixes, one over cover and the next over mid-wicket, before ending the innings with a huge one straight down the ground to take the score past the 200 mark.
The last five overs produced 78 runs, with Shivam Dube scoring 27 not out off 10 balls. 20 runs came off the final one.
The lanky Padikkal's second IPL half-ton will be remembered for the two sixes he hit off fast bowler Pattinson. The first saw the left-hander rock on the backfoot and punch it over mid-off, while the next was a stand and deliver shot straight into the sightscreen.
This was after Finch took on the Mumbai attack in the Powerplay overs and attacked both Bolt and Pattinson with gusto. When leg spinner Chahar was introduced into the attack, Finch hit him for three boundaries as the 50 came off 31 balls. At that point Padikkal was only on 16.
Once Finch was caught off a slower delivery from Boult, in came Kohli and looked as rusty as he was in the last match during his nine-ball stay.
Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma changed Chahar's end, and it yielded result as a delivery stopped on Kohli and his lazy inside-out lofted shot was gleefully accepted at extra cover by Rohit.