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Woah! The IPL is having its share of moments already in the first week. The replays on the big screen just showed that Malinga overstepped off the final ball. Virat is fuming. RCB are gutted. Had the umpires spotted it way before, they could have allowed RCB to play that final ball but unfortunately, the handshakes are done and dusted. Kohli just had a go at the umpire for failing to notice it. Wow!
MI seal tight win
Malinga's experience comes to the fore. Even AB struggled this time against the Sri Lankan pacer after initially ripping him apart. This is a great win for Mumbai and RCB's confidence is going to dented further. When Kohli and AB were at the crease, RCB looked in control especially with the skipper looking in great touch. But Bumrah was the hero. He got rid of Kohli and bowled a terrific penultimate over to set it up for Malinga.
Bumrah bowled a terrific over conceding only four runs while picking up a wicket. RCB need 17 from the final over and looks like RCB have made a mistake here. Dube picked up a single off the final ball and against Malinga, you can't back him. Perhaps, AB should have denied the single.
Bumrah bowls it wide and bowls it slow as CDG fails to time it. MI are certainly favourites here. One more wicket and they can wrap it up. This is all on AB now. He has to do it on his own.
AB on song
The South African superstar has fetched two more sixes off Hardik this time and the equation comes down to 22 from 12. It can still go anyway considering Bumrah will be bowling the penultimate over. If he can manage to not concede more than 6-7 runs, MI will fancy themselves.
We all do
50 for AB
He might have struggled tonight but AB has made a very good comeback to get to a crucial fifty here. He is hardly celebrating and rightly so. RCB need 40 from 21.
The pendulum is swinging. After AB's assault on Malinga, Bumrah comes back to remove Hetmyer. The Windies batsman just went for a slog and mistimed it completely. The man at mid on completed the catch easily. Is there another twist in the tale? Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in.
4000 for AB
Kohli got to 5000 sometime back and now AB follows suit. He gets to 4000 runs in the IPL and RCB are back big time in the chase. AB picked up a lucky boundary and then hammered Malinga for two sixes to change the tie in RCB's favour again. What a player!
61 from 5 overs
A rusty AB and a newcomer in Hetmyer are at the wicket now. RCB still have hitters like de Grandhomme and Dube in the dugout but can they succeed against Malinga and Bumrah. The two quality bowlers have four overs in them. MI appear to be slightly favourites now at the moment. AB is the key.
Bumrah has made a terrific comeback against Kohli. He bowled a well-directed short ball to the skipper and Kohli took the bait. He went for the pull but could only manage a top edge. Wow, what a big moment this is in the chase. MI are well back in this. With AB struggling for timing, this could go anyway. Can Hetmyer shine?
5K for the King
Virat Kohli has become just the second batsman to get to 5000 runs in the IPL. Suresh Raina got to the landmark in the first game and now Kohli follows suit. Terrific record it's been considering he batted in the middle order for the first three years.
Update - 82/2 after 10 overs
AB is struggling against Mayank. MI have kept him quiet so far. Perhaps, RCB would have been better served had Hetmyer come out against spin. If MI can get rid of AB within the next two overs, RCB will feel the heat.
Every neutral's favourite
Wow! This is huge! Yuvraj is not a natural slip fielder and it shows. AB edges his very first ball and Yuvi fails to catch hold of it. You cannot afford to drop someone like AB. This can prove to be a game-changing moment.
He was left out of the first game but tonight he has made an instant impact after getting his spot back. Parthiv has done his job though. RCB expect boundaries from him in the PP and he has delivered. AB de Villiers is in at number 4.
Kohli on the move
Kohli enjoys a very good record against Bumrah and he has made a very good start against the pacer once again. He has hit three successive fours to get going and when he gets a start similar to this one, he usually makes it count. Ominous signs for MI.
Hardik lifts MI to 187
Top knock by Hardik right at the end. With RCB continuously chipping away with the wickets, Hardik had to deliver to get those vital runs at the death. And boy, he struck them big. One of those sixes landed on the roof as he finished with an unbeaten 32 off just 14 balls. 188 is definitely chaseable. Batting looks fairly easy at the Chinnaswamy once again but with Malinga and Bumrah in the side, you never know what to expect.
RCB fight back
Trouble for MI. Real trouble. After those strikes from Chahal, MI have now lost Krunal as well. Umesh comes for his final over and pulls the bowler. He is expecting this to travel beyond the fine leg fielder but Saini times his jump to perfection and takes a superb catch. He was just millimeters away from the rope. RCB have fought back big time.
Krunal hit one back to the bowler and Chahal failed to catch hold of it moving to his left. But the feelings change immediately. He bowls it wide again to a right hander and this time Pollard fails to time it. He is caught at cover and MI are in a bit of trouble now. Chahal has four now.
Three for Yuzi
Full, wide and turning away from the batsman. Well bowled Yuzi Chahal. Suryakumar fails to time it and the top edge is pouched safely by Moeen Ali. But the platform is laid. MI have Pollard the Pandya brothers to launch in these final five overs.
Yuvi goes big and perishes
For a moment, fans did get excited. There was a possibility of Stuart Broad 2007 happening all over again. Poor call by Kohli in the first place to bring on spin against Yuvraj and the veteran made the most out of it by smashing the first three balls for sixes. The fourth one appeared to go over long on as well before Siraj made a very good leap to take it. MI will look for a big finish now as Pollard enters the fray.
Rohit realised that MI had to get a move on. He tried to take the initiative but Umesh cleverly removes the pace with the short ball and the skipper can only miscue this. He is caught by a charging Siraj. That's a good catch. Yuvraj Singh is the new man in now and I'm not sure if this is the right call. One of the hitters could have been sent in.
Update - 82/1 after 10 overs
This is a very good pitch. MI should have got 12-15 more runs by now. Will they regret sending SK Yadav ahead of some of the power hitters they have? Rohit and Yadav will have to take on the attack now. This is a very crucial phase of the innings.
QDK hasn't looked good tonight and he finally perishes while attempting a reverse sweep for the second time in Chahal's opening over. And this time, Chahal hits the stumps. RCB badly needed that first wicket. MI are 54/1. Suryakumar Yadav is the new man in.
PP to MI
Saini looked really good generating plenty of pace to pose questions to both Rohit and QDK but luck has evaded him. De Kock should have been caught by Colin de Grandhomme but the New Zealander missed an easy chance. MI have made 52 in the powerplay. The pitch looks good. But we haven't seen spin so far so a lot depends on Chahal now.
Toss - RCB opt to bowl
As expected, RCB opt to bowl in their first game at home this season. Virat wants to chase. As widely speculated, Bumrah is playing tonight. Looks like he is completely fit. And guess what? Malinga, who had just arrived last night, slots straight into the side. He was MI's mentor last season but has regained form and fitness to get back on the pitch. Remember, he is still the best bowler in the history of the IPL so for him to come back and form a partnership with Bumrah once again can prove to be the key factor for MI. Ben Cutting makes way for him. And Mayank Markande has replaced Rasikh Salam. The home side are unchanged.
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli(c), Parthiv Patel(w), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
The Bumrah puzzle
You might have the likes of Kohli, Rohit and de Villiers playing tonight but all eyes will be on a certain Jasprit Bumrah. He is a vital cog in the Indian lineup and carries plenty of hopes going into the World Cup. The team management would certainly not want to risk him if he is isn't 100% fit. Bumrah did get injured in the first game but appears to be on track to play tonight. But is it worth the punt on the long run? You tell us how Bumrah should be managed for the rest of the IPL.
India's captain is up against India's limited-overs vice-captain tonight in another clash of the biggies. Both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians have made a losing start to the new campaign but out of those two losses, the one the Bangalore-based outfit suffered managed to grab the most attention. And understandably so. MI are used to making these slow starts. RCB on the other hand have already been under pressure for a while for not delivering a title despite possessing some of the biggest names in world cricket over the years.
And now to make matters worse, the batting unit crumbled on a spinning surface in Chennai in the tournament opener. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers played rash shots to lose their wickets whereas the exciting new recruit Shimron Hetmyer managed to run himself out in tame fashion. The batting is expected to revolve around these three with Moeen Ali and Parthiv Patel remaining key figures at various junctures. The bowling attack, which has traditionally been their weak suit, will be tested too against a strong MI batting lineup and with Coulter-Nile still not available, RCB look at bringing Tim Southee into the equation.
MI, on the other hand, were stunned by an assault at the hands of Rishabh Pant the other night and that proved to the difference. Mitchell McClenaghan looked good once again chipping with the wickets so the away side will be fairly confident since they look perfect allround on paper. What can veteran Yuvraj Singh come up with tonight after his half-century against DC? We will find out soon. Welcome to the live blog of this exciting contest at the Chinnaswamy. The pitch is going to be the focus tonight. Do we have the old Chinnaswamy back? Time will tell.
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