Not sure about COVID, But RCB will surely kill me in the next few days.
RCB never not entertain. And that's what makes this team the one to follow. Ninety to defend off the last five on a big ground and they still managed to turn it into a blockbuster. Star Sports will want Kohli's men to take the field every day.
Match Report: MI won the coin toss and to everyone's surprise, chose to chase on a ground where first-batters took the honors on most days. RCB had bought-in bowling reinforcements in the form of Udana and Zampa while AB had to take up the gloves so that Mann can replace the outgoing Philippe. MI finally came to their senses and played Kishan ahead of Tiwary.
1st Innings: Finch and Padikkal (this guy is a superstar in the making) gave RCB the perfect solid start that they required. Both notched up their individual fifties. The pair has lifted loads of pressure off VK-AB, which seems to be the only thing different about the team from last year. VK's sluggish form continued while AB showed his class yet again. Dube's cameo at the end (27 off 10) helped RCB get past 200. Numbers-wise, no Mumbai bowler stood out to get a mention in this report, not even Bumrah (be like whaaat?).
RCB clear fav's at the half-way mark.
2nd innings : RCB couldn't have done better as a bowling unit in the PP. Boy did Sundar bowl well. 4-0-12-1 , bowling three in the powerplay. That's the match right there. Give him the MoM even before the match is over. Rohit and SKY departed early and after Hardik failed to leave a mark, the odds of a party at the Antilla took a plunge. What was left was a massive task, even for Pollard the beast. But thanks to sensational comeback knock by Kishan and some really helpless bowling from the red boys, we somehow ended with a super over at our hands.
Super Over : MI , following the footsteps of KXIP, did not bat their star from the main innings. Pollard and Hardik opened and the duo only managed to get seven(thanks to a misfield that gave them a much-needed boundary) off the superb bowling of Saini. "I'm going in " -said ABDV. "I'm following you" -said VK. Just two of the first three balls and then Bumrah decided to go for that short ball and not the yorker. AB's miss-hit took it to the fence and then that was that. RCB finally bagging the match that was already in their pockets eighteen overs ago.
Against sane interpretation, MoM went to AB (Not taking away anything from him) ahead of a fine knock from Kishan and Sundar's wow numbers.
For more times than I've prayed the Lord for a million dollars, RCB needs to sort out their death bowling issues.
Till the next, Ciao!
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