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IPL: Hardik stars in Mumbai Indians' 5-wicket win over RCB


MUMBAI: Hardik Pandya produced a sensational late cameo of 37 now not out off simply 16 balls as he guided Mumbai Indians to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in an IPL match here on Monday.

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Chasing 172 for a win, the match used to be in a steadiness when he came out within the 16th over but Hardik, who used to be named in India's World Cup squad on Monday, became the game on its head, smashing 5 limitations and two sixes during his unconquered 16-ball innings on a turning track at the Wankhede Stadium.

Mumbai needed 22 runs from the ultimate two overs but Hardik took simply six balls to hit the specified runs, smashing left-arm spinner Pawan Negi for two limitations and as may sixes to finish the run chase.

He finished the game with a single off the ultimate ball of the penultimate over as Mumbai reached 172 for 5 in 19 overs.

This used to be Mumbai's fifth win in eight video games and they're now at third spot with 10 points, while RCB suffered their 7th defeat in eight matches and the Virat Kohli-led team are languishing at the backside of the table.

Earlier, veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga took four wickets for 31 runs as Mumbai limited RCB to 171 for 7.

Mumbai were off to a flying get started in their run chase with openers Rohit Sharma (28) and Quinton de Kock (40) discovering the boundaries conveniently.

De Kock took 16 runs from the third over bowled via Umesh Yadav, smashing two limitations and a six while captain Rohit used to be sublime as ever, hitting a four and a six off Mohammed Siraj the next over.

Mumbai were wallopping at 67 for no loss at the finish of first powerplay overs but all of sudden off-spinner Moeen Ali (2/28) introduced RCB again into the match with a two-wicket burst in one over.

The Englishman got rid of the 2 set openers Rohit and de Kock within the house of 4 deliveries within the eighth over. Rohit used to be done in via a supply which became viciously from the offside while de Kock used to be plumbed in entrance as he used to be overwhelmed via a supply which skidded as an alternative of turning and Mumbai were 71 for two in 7.4 overs.

Ishan Kishan (21) came out and nonchalantly smashed two sixes off Negi ahead of he fell to Yuzvendra Chahal (2/27), stumped via Parthiv Patel.

The Mumbai run chase started stuttering and with the pitch turning, Suryakumar Yadav (29) and Krunal Pandya (11) used to be discovering it difficult to get the boundaries.

Play used to be dangle up for a few minutes within the 13th over with Chahal apparently having some drawback on his little finger but he returned to bowl his fourth over and had the wicket of Suryakumar who holed out to Navdeep Saini near the boundary.

Hardik used to be nearly out within the 17th over but it surely used to be his elder brother Krunal who used to be out within the subsequent over off the bowling of Mohammed Siraj. It used to be then left to Hardik to take Mumbai to victory in a dramatic style.

Earlier, AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali hit impressive part centuries to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to a respectable 171 for 7 after being put into bat.

After RCB misplaced skipper Virat Kohli (eight off nine balls) and Parthiv Patel (28 off 20 balls) within seven overs, de Villiers (75 in 51 balls) at the side of Ali (50 runs in 32 balls) resurrected the innings with a 95-run stand for the third wicket.


The South African big name stamped his authority, hammering six fours and 4 sixes, as he finished his part century in 41 balls. Ali used to be just a little bit extra competitive than de Villiers as he hit 5 sixes and a lone boundary as the 2 took the MI assault to cleaners.


Ali to begin with played 2d fiddle but later upped the ante. He used to be specifically severe on Australian pacer Jason Behrendoff (1/49), whom he hit for two sixes and a four within the 16th over, which fetched 17 runs for RCB.


De Villiers, who took time to settle, then confirmed his magnificence, as he hit round the park.


However, veteran Sri Lankan pacer Maliga (4/31) pegged the visiting aspect again via putting off Ali and Marcus Stonis (0) within the 18th over and taking two wickets within the final over. De Villiers used to be run out within the final over off a super throw from long-on.


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