The Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium thanks in large part to Suryakumar Yadav, who led the team’s chase with an 83-run innings off just 35 balls. MI completed the 200-run chase in 16.3 overs. Along with Suryakumar, Nehal Wadhera also contributed significantly, scoring 52 runs off just 34 balls. Ishan Kishan’s 42 off 21 had provided the impetus for MI in the major pursuit.
Earlier, in 20 overs, RCB scored 199 for 6. Faf du Plessis hit 65 off 41 while Glenn Maxwell hit 68 off 33. With stats of 3 for 36, Jason Behrendorff was MI’s top bowler. Rohit Sharma, the captain of MI, chose to bowl first after winning the toss. RCB were looking well on course to score over 210. But Mumbai pulled back things at the end and brought back momentum to their side.
After giving 17 runs in his first over, Akash bounced back in style in the last over. He gave away just 5 runs in the 20th over to deny RCB the score of 200. Rohit praised the young bowler and said that he has been assigned the role to bowl at the death and is very confident about his skills.
Rohit Sharma talks about Akash
“Akash was with us last year as well. We saw the skillset. We wanted to give him a role. He is quite confident. He leads his Uttarakhand team. He knows what field he needs. We restricted them to less than 200. Was a great effort, It could have been 220 or more.”
MI was stuck in seventh place before the start of the match on Tuesday. They have moved up to third after the victory, putting themselves in the running for the playoffs. With 12 points after 11 games, MI is now just two points behind the table-toppers Gujarat Titans (16 points) and Chennai Super Kings (13 points), who are in second place.