Twitter Reactions: Hardik Pandya turns the match on its head after RCB’s good start

Twitter Reactions: Hardik Pandya turns the match on its head after RCB’s good start

Batting first RCB posted 167/7 against MI.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya celebrates with teammates. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Two desperate teams meet each other today at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have had a really poor Indian Premier League (IPL) thus far. They’ve had their moments but have failed to cash in on and convert them into victories, every defeat here on will push them towards the exit gate. MI skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and asked Virat Kohli & Co. to bat first.

RCB have in the past failed to defend a total as big as 205 and Mumbai certainly has the strength in their batting to chase. The home team started the innings with Quinton de Kock and Mannan Vohra, their job was to give them a head start. Vohra played some really good shots while de Kock failed to make it count. The wicket looked really sticky, slow and the ball was turning square in the first over that JP Duminy bowled.

Brendon McCullum also enjoyed playing his shots and his partnership with Vohra promised to take RCB to a strong total. The New Zealander was eventually run out by Hardik Pandya on 37, Vohra hit four sixes and a couple of boundaries on his way to 45 from 31. Skipper Kohli also took his time to get used to the wicket but just when he would’ve wanted to capitalize was dismissed by Pandya caught in the deep.

RCB were 139/3 after 16 overs but it was the 17th over that turned the game on its head. Hardik had Mandeep Singh caught in the deep on the first ball, Virat followed suit on the very next delivery, though he missed out on a hat-trick the all-rounder send Washington Sundar back on the last ball to end the over with 3 wickets.

The Royal Challengers now needed a good finish to manage a respectable score. Rohit decided to trust Mitchell McClenaghan with the last and he spent 24 taking a thrashing from Colin de Grandhomme as RCB ended with 167/7.

Here are the Twitter reactions at the halfway stage: