IPL 2019 – RCB lost to MI by 6 runs at Chinnaswamy
What a game it was last night, a combination of old and new displaying their talent. A real sense of cricket what fans crave for. Everyone playing yesterday be it from Mumbai Indians (MI) or Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) showcased their skill at their best. Till the last ball, the match was 50-50 for both the teams.
Winning the toss at home ground, RCB allowed visitors to set the target as to chase it later on.
MI Playing XI – R Sharma*, Q de Kock (wk), S Yadav, Y Singh, K Pollard, H Pandya, K Pandya, M Markande, M McClenaghan, L Malinga, J Bumrah.
MI openers started off well with Rohit Sharma and de Kock hitting continuous boundaries. After de Kock’s wicket, Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav scored runs at a good pace but the duo was broken by a phenomenal catch by Mohammed Siraj on Umesh Yadav’s ball.
Yadav and Yuvraj Singh did not let the momentum of runs slow down and played some brilliant shots until losing their wickets. Yuvraj in a nick of 12 balls scored 23 runs with 3 sixes in his account. Both the batsmen were knocked down by amazing bowling skills of Chahal. Hardik Pandya played a crucial inning at the death overs and smashed 14 balls 32 which powered MI to a stunning total of 187.
RCB started off dazzlingly to chase the competitive target
RCB Playing XI – V Kohli*, P Patel (wk), M Ali, AB de Villiers, S Hetmyer, S Dube, C de Grandhomme, N Saini, Y Chahal, U Yadav, M Siraj.
RCB openers Parthiv Patel and Moeen Ali boosted the team with a charged up pace of runs. Moeen Ali departed early with Sharma’s brilliant presence on the field. Virat Kohli took forward the run chase with accomplishing the feat of 5000 runs in IPL, second player to achieve it after Raina and first RCB player to do so. Just after reaching the spot, Kohli was sent back to the pavilion by Jasprit Bumrah.
AB de Villiers looked in no mood to spare the balls and started hitting runs and played an unbeaten knock of 70 runs off 41 balls. Unfortunately, his unbeaten knock did not turn into a win for RCB. It was for the first time that de Villiers remained not out in an unsuccessful chase for RCB.
With 7 runs required on the last ball, there was no way for RCB to win the match until it was a no ball or wide ball or by hitting a six the match could have gone to a super over decider. Call it luck or whatever the last ball of the match by Lasith Malinga was a No ball and no one noticed. In the replays, it was visibly seen that the ball was a no-ball by an inch.
With the occurred scenario, a miffed Kohli said “We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call at the last ball. If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there. When they were 145 for 7, we should have done better. The last few overs were brutal for us. A few more strikes apart from AB could have done the job for us. We need to be smarter at death bowling.”
Even Sharma in the post-match ceremony claimed that these kind of mistakes are not good for the game.
South African cricketer Faf du Plessis also expressed his disappointment on the incident which could have changed the result of the game
Technology should be used much more often in cricket … so many front foot no-balls missed all the time in all formats and only checked on dismissal. Should be as simple as 3rd umpire telling the umpire through ear piece that a no ball has been bowled.
— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) March 28, 2019
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