IPL 2019: Match 7, RCB vs MI – Mumbai Indians Player Ratings
Mumbai Indians registered their first win of the season.
The first home game of the season for the Royal Challengers Bangalore ended in a heartbreak. It was a humdinger of a competition when they hosted the Mumbai Indians in the 7th match of the season. The match went down to the very final over with the ‘local’ hero AB de Villiers batting on an unbeaten fifty. ABD’s gutsy show and Shivam Dube’s rawness could not help RCB chase down 17 in the final over as Lasith Malinga bowled yorkers at will to seal the game for MI.
Earlier in the game, the hosts RCB won the toss and opted to field first. The track at the venue has always been a belter and the signs of things to come became evident with the way Mumbai started. The opening stand between Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma lasted for 54 runs. Most MI batsmen got starts but none could make a big one. Rohit Sharma top scored with 48, as Suryakumar Yadav, de Kock, Yuvraj Singh, and Hardik Pandya chipped in with crucial runs. Hardik’s late flourish of an unbeaten 14-ball 32 helped MI post 187/8 in their 20 overs.
In the run chase, the hosts lost Moeen Ali early, and Parthiv Patel perished soon after. It was the veteran duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers who kept the home side interested. However, once Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Kohli on 46, ABD had to wage a lone fight. His unbeaten 70 off 41 balls went in vain as the MI bowlers showed great character to win by 6 runs. They registered their first win of the season.
Here are the MI Player Ratings for the match:
Quinton de Kock – 4/10
Quinton de Kock has been in a sublime batting form in the last six months. He is yet to show his firepower in the IPL this year though. The wicketkeeper-batter for a decent start in the match but failed to capitalise on it. He scored 23 off 20 deliveries before getting dismissed.
Rohit Sharma – 8/10
The Mumbai Indians skipper found his touch with the bat in this game. He scored a well-timed 48 off mere 33 deliveries with 8 fours and a six. The rate at which he scored, things looked very bright for his side. His dismissal brought a mini halt in the run scoring for MI. With the captaincy hat on, Rohit stayed calm and shuffled his bowlers well enough. The timely introduction of Jasprit Bumrah’s second spell worked wonders for the Men in Blue.
Suryakumar Yadav – 6/10
Suryakumar Yadav had a good time with the bat. He arrived at the crease just after the powerplay and took very little time to get his eyes in. He was quick to settle down and struck some beautiful boundaries during his 24 ball stay at the crease. He perished after scoring 38, which was studded with 4 fours and a six.
Yuvraj Singh – 5/10
The leading run scorer for MI in the previous game, Yuvraj Singh, started off from where he had left in the previous match. Yuvi showed glimpses of his vintage self. He hit three brilliant sixes to have the crowd go awe for his stroke-making. In his attempt to hit a few more, he perished for 23 that came off 12 balls. He is yet to be tested with the ball in the competition this year.
Kieron Pollard – 2/10
Kieron Pollard had a disappointing outing in the match. He could have made the most out of the opportunity that came his way with the willow in hand. He had over 6 overs at his disposal when he came in to bat. But the veteran was sent backpacking on 5. Later in the game, he did not get a chance to bowl either.
Krunal Pandya – 5/10
Krunal Pandya bowled a very fine spell in the match. He was up against Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Both batsmen were looking to free their arms but Krunal made it a point to contain the run flow. In the four overs that he bowled, he gave away 28 runs. He failed to pick up a wicket but his economy rate of 7 stands bright in a high scoring game. With the bat, he would reckon that he let a good chance go begging.
Hardik Pandya – 7/10
Hardik Pandya had a terrible time with the ball in the match. In the 18th over of the game, he was taken away for 18 runs with AB de Villiers showing some affinity for his bowling. He conceded 37 runs in his 3 overs. On the field, he was very good and he pocketed two good catches. But his major contribution was with the bat. It was his whirlwind 32 off 14 balls, embellished with 3 sixes and 2 fours, that provided the impetus to the MI innings.
Mitch McClenaghan – 3/10
Mitch McClenaghan did not have a lot of work to do in this game. He got his batting opportunity in the match but failed to make some use of it. Later, with the ball in hand, he was only given two overs to bowl and he ended up being a costly deal. He conceded 24 runs and failed to show up in the wickets column.
Mayank Markande – 7.5/10
Mayank Markande got his first outing of the season in this match. He had a very good start and he has certainly shown great signs for his side already. In the three overs that he bowled, he returned with figures of 1/23. He got the wicket, Parthiv Patel. At one stage of the game, he bowled three consecutive dot balls to a batsman of the calibre of AB de Villiers. He was unfortunate to see ABD getting dropped on 0 off his bowling.
Jasprit Bumrah – 9/10
Harsha Bhogle perfectly summed it up when he said, “Whenever there is trouble, eyes move towards Bumrah. And he always delivers.” Jasprit Bumrah was the match-winner for his side. He had a poor start to the innings when Virat Kohli hammered him for three fours. He came back strong and conceded just 3 in his next over. Later in the game, he bowled the penultimate over and conceded just 5 legitimate runs and took a key wicket too. He also dismissed Virat Kohli at a crucial juncture in the game. He finished with 3/20 in his four overs.
Lasith Malinga – 5/10
Lasith Malinga just proved what an old warhorse can do. Playing his first match of the season, and playing in the IPL after a long break, Malinga did not have the best of the starts. He was taken away for 37 runs in his first 3 overs. But when he was asked to defend 17 in the final over, he defended it well enough and conceded just 10. He was lucky to have gotten away with a no-ball that he bowled on the final ball of the innings.