IPL 2019

IPL 2019: Match 31 – Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers (Post-Match)

IPL 2019: Match 31 – Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers (Post-Match)


In the 31st match of IPL 2019 – Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers, a destructive spell of bowling by Malinga and some ferocious hitting at the death by Pandya earned Mumbai a 5-wicket victory.

Match Report

It was a day of jubilation last time around with RCB finally breaking the duck and winning their first match of this year’s IPL. Their opponents, Mumbai, were beaten on the same day as they lost out to Rajasthan.

1st Innings: AB and Ali step up

Put in to bat first, RCB would have hoped for a blistering start which they got from Patel but lost Kohli early for just 8. Patel meanwhile struck Behrendorff for 4 boundaries as RCB finished with 45/1 in the power-play. His (28) cameo came to end after he failed to pick Pandya’s slower ball and ballooned it to point.

Ali came to the crease to join AB who had also just come in a few overs ago. Both of these start players have had a real torrid start to life in this year’s Indian Premier League, failing to make any sort of impact. However, things took a different turn today with both of these hitting top gears. Their innings were not at all glorious and they were lucky at times – Ali being dropped on 16 along the way, AB almost chopping it back onto his stumps twice. Despite this, the pair managed to get a 50 partnership.

AB reached his 50 in 41 balls in what was his 2nd IPL fifty in this campaign.

On the other hand, Ali struck 5 sixes as he brought up his half-century in just 31 balls.

World-Class Malinga!

With 144/2 in 17, RCB looked all set to post a big total. However, Malinga completely turned the screws after getting 5 wickets in his last 2 overs with one being a run-out. Malinga’s slower balls did the trick in the 18th over when he got both Ali (50) and Stoinis (0). AB got run-out for 75 while Malinga got a further two wickets to wrap up RCB’s innings, finishing with figures of 4 for 31.

RCB were shell-shocked courtesy a demolishing spell by Malinga at the death as they finished with 171//7 on the board in their 20.

2nd Innings: Blazing start from the openers

Chasing down the target of 171, Mumbai started on the front foot with de Kock and Sharma going from the get-go. The pair hit a massive 11 boundaries just inside the power play as they brought up the 50 run stand in no time.

Ali strikes back

The pair added another 20 runs before the partnership was broken on 70 after Ali dismissed Rohit (40) with an absolute ripper. He got his compatriot, de Kock (28), after two deliveries, trapping him in front.

Ishan made a quick-fire 21 from 9 after hitting 3 sixes but got out to Chahal after being stumped. Chahal got another one in Yadav who also looked good for his 29 runs. With the match in a tight situation now after the loss of quick wickets, out came Hardik Pandya. He made a blistering 30 from just 14 balls, 7 boundaries, including 4 consecutive in the 19th over to lead Mumbai over the line.

Mumbai chased down the target with 5 wickets and an over to spare.

Moment of the Match

Malinga bamboozled the RCB batsmen after getting 4 wickets in his last two overs and it is our moment of the match today.

Man of the Match

Lasith Malinga was declared man of the match for his brilliant bowling.

Up Next

The Kings will be in action tomorrow when they take on Rajasthan Royals.

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