Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had to wait for the Super Over to beat Mumbai Indians (MI) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 match, at the Dubai International Stadium. In what has been touted as a clash between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, fans had to wait until the last moment in this drama-filled encounter. For the Super Over, RCB looked poised to win the match, but a last-ditch blitzkrieg by Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard evened the match. MI initially won the coin toss and chose to bowl. Devdutt Padikkal scored another half century, while AB de Villiers and Shivam Dube accounted for a total of 201 points for RCB. Meanwhile, Washington Sundar turned out to be crucial to Kohli’s side.
After Padikkal and Aaron Finch were sent to battle first, RCB got off to a good start, with the Australian also hitting 52 runs on 35 deliveries. Padikkal also hit seven boundaries, which consisted of five fours and two sixes. The Indian batsman registered 54 of the 40 balls. Meanwhile, Finch hit seven fours and a six. The duo’s partnership turned out to be pivotal for RCB with Trent Boult taking their crucial wickets.
RCB captain Kohli continued his poor run in the current tournament, leaving for the pavilion early after being caught by Rohit Sharma at Rahul Chahar. Kohli was able to collect only three runs of 11 balls.
AB de Villiers and Shivam Dube added the finishing touches to RCB’s total with 55 runs and 27 runs respectively. Both held their partnership to the end, helping RCB finish 201/3, with a goal of 202 runs.
Mumbai got off to a shaky start, losing quick wickets to Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock. The duo was removed by Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana and Yuzvendra Chahal respectively.
Only after the arrival of Kishan did the chase of MI begin. With Hardik Pandya being fired by Adam Zampa after scoring 15 points, Pollard came in to build a stable partnership with Kishan.
Kishan hit 99 runs from 58 deliveries and was bounced back to the pavilion in the penultimate ball of the 20th over, with Pollard hitting a six on the final episode, to carry the tie to Super Over. MI ended on 201/5.
MI hit first in the Super Over, and Navdeep Saini bowed brilliantly while grabbing Pollard’s wicket, limiting them to just 7 runs.
RCB had to wait until the fourth delivery in the second Super Over to finally get down to business, with de Villiers hitting a four against Jasprit Bumrah.
On the last delivery, Kohli hit a four to seal the game for his team.
RCB finished the Super Over at 11th without a loss.
In their next match, MI will face Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on October 1. Meanwhile, RCB will face Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Oct. 3.
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