April 17, 2010

Royal Challengers Bangalore had to fight back to chase a total of 192 runs

Mumbai Indians played against Royals Challengers Bangalore today at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Mumbai Indians wanted to show their supremacy by winning this match as they had lost a match against RCB, previously played. Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss & elected to field first.
Sachin Tendulkar & Ryan McLaren opened the batting innings for the Mumbai Indians. Both were playing at an average of around 5 runs per over, which was supposed to be the worst start for the Mumbai Indians in this IPL edition. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar failed to make it big as he got out in the last delivery of 6th over. He scored just 19 runs from 18 balls. But, everything changed in the 9th over where Pankaj Singh gave 26 runs in his over. After this big over, Mumbai Indians started to blast the opponents, where they were scoring more than 10 runs per over easily. Ambati Rayudu,  Kieron Pollard & JP Duminy played very aggressively scoring 46 runs from 27 balls, 20 runs from 7 balls & 42 runs from 19 balls respectively. This helped Mumbai Indians to put up a huge total against the home team. Mumbai Indians scored 191 runs in 20 overs loosingonly 4 wickets. Only bowler who was very economical was Dale Steyn with an economy rate was 4.5 runs per over.
Chasing the target of 192 runs, Royal Challengers Bangalore started their innings with the openers Manish Pandey & Jacques Kallis. But both the players did not last long, as they got out in 5th over & 6th over respectively. There was even bigger blow for Royal Challengers Bangalore, they lost 3 most important & reliable wickets. They were Rahul Dravid, Kevin Pietersen & Robin Uthappa, They were in real trouble. By 11.1 overs, Royal Challengers Bangalore scored only 74 runs loosing 5 wickets. Virat Kohli was the only man to fight for Royal Challengers Bangalore who helped the team to cross more than 130 runs in total. This helped Royal Challengers Bangalore team's run rate to increase a bit, by this they have retained a chance to get into semi-finals. After 20 overs, they scored 134 runs loosing 9 wickets. Hence, Mumbai Indians won the match by 47 runs. Royal Challengers Bangalore's Net Run Rate (NRR) got dropped from +0.48 to +0.219. Now they have to completely rely on luck to make it into semi-finals.

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