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Post-match thoughts

Rohit Sharma: His (Hardik) hitting has been helping the team and him as well, to move forward. This is something he wanted to do because he didn't have a lot of time before coming to the IPL. So he wanted to prove a point, to himself than anyone else. Lasith's performance matters a lot for us. We missed him for a few games. His form is very critical for Mumbai. Trust me, overs the years, bowling at the death at the Wankhede is very difficult. Credit goes to the bowlers for restricting a good RCB batting line-up to 170 odd. To be honest, I still haven't figured out the pitch here this season. Normally it's safe to chase here, but today no one expected it to play this way.

Hardik Pandya: Fantastic victory. Lucky with the start we got. Hats off to both the openers. It was not easy to bat on this wicket but they made it easy for us in the end. I felt RCB didn't bowl well in the Powereplay and that's where I thought they lost the game. We began well and had the bowlers who hit the deck hard and got some purchase of the wicket. The way wicket started playing, even AB found it difficult but they both (AB and Moeen) played well. It's always good to win at home. We are on the road and hopefully we can continue the winning momentum.

Virat Kohli - RCB skipper: We played a pretty good game I guess. With the ball, we weren't that great in the first six overs but the guys fought hard in the middle overs and came back well. At the end, we had to take the risk with the left-arm spinner, with two right-handed batsmen. Giving pace was risky, especially with a bit of dew. Unfortunately, it didn't come off. He's (Moeen) been outstanding. Striking the ball well and bowling with a lot of heart. It's good to see a senior player taking responsibility and he deserves all the credit. (On the road ahead) We just have to enjoy ourselves, play the way we did in the last two games. Need to keep our composure under pressure. Need to take half-chances.

ALL OVER - MI win by five wickets

Dot, 6, 4, 4, 6, wide, 1

Hardik Pandya finishes it off in style. He had hammered Negi to in Chennai to make a name for himself. This was a repeat. 22 runs in the over and MI win with an over to spare. You can question why the over was given to Negi. He was too short and it was all too easy for Hardik. Didn't even blink and finished it off without any fuss.

TENSE FINISH

There was a boundary but there was a wicket as well. Krunal, who was struggling to finish, fell to Siraj. Now Hardik and Pollard are out there with MI needing 22 in the last two.

31 needed in last three overs ...

WICKET

Suryakumar Yadav goes for a big one against Chahal and doesn't connect well. Hits it high and gets caught at long-off. Hardik walks out with the pressure on MI now.

MI need 43 off 27

45 needed in the last five. Which team are you backing?

CHAHAL STRIKES

Kishan went for another big one but doesn't read the wrong'un from the legspinner. Stumped with ease.

MI 104 for 3

10 DONE

Superb counter-attack from Ishan Kishan here. He's smashed sixes against the spinners to put the pressure back on RCB. MI need 75 now in the last ten overs.

TWO FOR MOEEN

Do RCB believe? Length ball and traps de Kock in front. Second wicket in the over and MI are now 71 for 2

BIG BREAK

The ball's turning and the spinners are loving it. Full and flat outside off, spun in, and Rohit went for the cut. The turn did him there as the ball crashed into the stumps.

MI 70 for 1

POWERPLAY DONE

MI racing away with this. They have cantered to 67 for no loss after six.

FAST START

MI have 36 for no loss on the board after the first three overs. Saini has bowled too short and has got his length all wrong so far. Umesh has been unlucky. The edges have flown to the boundary or bounced past the stumps.

De Kock and Rohit to start the chase. Umesh will bowl the first over ...

MI SET 172

Three wickets in the final over for Malinga. He ends with four in the game as RCB post a below par score. Superb end this from the pacer and MI will be very happy. They are likely to be 20 short.

DE VILLIERS RUN OUT

Oh, dear! Smashed a six on the first ball and them hammered one to long-on. De Villiers was looking for a second and sent back AB. Direct hit from Pollard from the deep. Superb throw this. He falls for 75 off 51.

RCB 169 for 5

MALINGA STRIKES

Another slower ball and another casualty. Stoinis doesn't read it and gets a leading catch. Easy catch for the fielder at cover.

RCB 151 for 4

50 and OUT

Malinga removed Moeen. He had just reached his half-century in the last over and goes after a slower delivery. Doesn't connect and get caught at mid wicket.

RCB 144 for 3

TIME OUT

Jason Behrendorff 16th over - 1, dot, 4, 6, dot, 6. Bumrah to bowl the next over.

FIVE OVERS TO GO

RCB are 119 for 2 now. Eight wickets in hand. They have to go now. Can't hold back anymore. Should be interesting from here on. Two overs left from Bumrah as well.

10 OVERS DONE

Moeen looks like in good touch. He's struck a six with some timing on that. AB has been scratchy but has got the boundaries in from time to time. Having said that, MI are well on top with RCB going at just seven runs per over.

RCB 70 for 2

TWO DOWN

Parthiv has thrown away his start. Hardik Pandya floats one off-cutted outside off and it's slashed to point. Onus on AB to carry to innings forward.

RCB 49 for 2

SIX OVERS DONE

RCB have recovered well after the early strike. Average score here is 192. With their bowling line-up, they need a lot more than that. 45 after the powerplay is a good score with AB in early.

BIG MAN GONE

Jason Behrendorff strikes in his second over. Length ball and he got it to swing in. The movement managed to take the inside edge and fly to the 'keeper, who takes an easy catch. Kohli didn't wait and walked off. Superb start this for MI.

RCB 12 for 1

Alright then, Kohli and Parthiv to open. Behrendorff to start with the ball ...

TOSS - MI opt to field

Teams:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan(w), Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah

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Hello and welcome to the live blog of the IPL 2019 game between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The last time these two sides met, Kohli delivered, AB de Villiers delivered and yet Jasprit Bumrah helped MI squeeze in a win. Today it is again going to be a contest between these three.

RCB have registered their first win after six straight losses. There are problems still, especially in the bowling department but maybe now, with the confidence of a win, they can operate with a little more freedom, deliver some of their plans "without fear" as their skipper had been asking of them a few games ago, as they also managed briefly in they previous game.

Rohit Sharma's men have blown hot and cold through IPL 2019. They've now had a couple of close finishes at home, which has seen them end on the right and wrong sides of the result. They need their captain to fire and produce a big knock.

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