Hardik Pandya’s all-round heroics seal a comfortable win for Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians registered a comfortable win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, courtesy splendid performances from Lasith Malinga, Quinton de Kock and Hardik Pandya. Hosts certainly produced a clinical performance to win the game by five wickets in the 31st game of the Indian Premier League at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

AB De Villiers and Moeen Ali produced crucial half-centuries to see Royal Challengers Bangalore post 171 runs in their 20 overs. In reply, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya chipped in with decent scores to see Mumbai win the game and climb to third place in the league table.

Chasing 172 runs to win, Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock got Mumbai off to a flier and added 70 runs in space of seven overs. Captain Virat Kohli brought Moeen Ali into the attack and dismissed de Kock and Sharma in quick succession.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also produced tidy spells in the middle-overs and did not allow Mumbai to score freely in their innings. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan produced crucial scores for the side. Chahal dismissed Kishan in the 11th over to see Mumbai lose their third wicket with 104 runs on the board.

Suryakumar also perished in the 16th over of the innings to see Mumbai needing another 41 runs off 24 balls to win the game. All-rounder Hardik Pandya delivered a scintillating performance with the bat for Mumbai.

He scored unbeaten 37 off 16 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes to help Mumbai complete the chase in the 19th over of the innings.

Hardik Pandya produced a fiery cameo to help Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in a game played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai

For Royal Challengers Bangalore, Yuzvendra Chahal and Moeen Ali bowled well in tandem and picked up four wickets between them. Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini leaked a lot of runs and failed to take wickets in this game.

Earlier in the game, Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bowl first. Captain Virat Kohli was dismissed in the 3rd over of the innings as left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff provided early breakthrough with the new-ball.

Parthiv Patel joined hands with AB De Villiers and added 37 runs in bid to rebuild the innings after the loss of early wicket. Patel was dismissed in the 7th over as Hardik Pandya picked up his first wicket of the innings.

AB De Villiers looked in imperious form and looked comfortable against the likes of Jason Behrendorff and Rahul Chahar. Moeen Ali came to the crease and smashed two sixes off the bowling of Jason Behrendorff to provide impetus to the innings.

De Villiers brought up his half-century in 40 balls in the 17th over of the innings. Moeen Ali smashed 50 off 32 balls with the help of five sixes.

Mumbai pulled things back as Bangalore only added 27 runs in their last three overs. Pace bowler Lasith Malinga picked up four wickets in his spell to restrict Bangalore to 171 for 7 in 20 overs.

For Mumbai, veteran pacer Lasith Malinga was the standout bowler with four wickets to his name. Hardik Pandya also bowled well and picked up one wicket in his three overs.

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