Royal Challengers Bangalore nearly threw it away but managed to get over the line in the Super Over thanks to the brilliance of Navdeep Saini. Virat Kohli’s team had been humiliated by Kings XI Punjab in the previous game but the batting department bounced back in style, putting up an imposing target on the board. RCB should have cantered to a win but were left sweating thanks to some brilliant batting from Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard.
With the match going into the Super Over, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli got the team over the line, having being set a paltry target of 8 runs. Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma took to Instagram to express her relief, saying the RCB vs MI encounter was “too exciting a game for a pregnant lady”.
Anushka posted split images of Kohli and De Villiers sharing a hug after the Super Over win, the teams congratulating each other and the RCB bench celebrating their second victory in three games in IPL 2020.
RCB posted 201 for three after being put into bat with Devdutt Padikkal (54), Aaron Finch (52) and AB de Villiers (55) hitting half-centuries. For the third match running, RCB captain failed to fire scoring a meagre 3 off 11 balls.
Young all-rounder Shivam Dube hit a quickfire 27 off 10 balls to push RCB past 200.
Mumbai Indians’ chase got off to a nightmare start. Rohit Sharma (8) and Quinton de Kock (14) struggled to get going and were dismissed cheaply. Isuru Udana sent Suryakumar Yadav packing for a duck.
Mumbai Indians were in all sorts of problems at 39 for three but up stepped Ishan Kishan.
The 22-year-old smashed superlative 99, including two fours and nine sixes. Kishan and Kieron Pollard put on 119 runs for the fifth wicket to bring Mumbai back from the dead.
Needing 18 runs to win from the final over, Ishan Kishan smacked back-to-back sixes, bringing down the equation to 5 off 2 balls. However, batting on 99, the youngster went for another big hit but perished in the deep, an agonisingly one run short of a deserved century.
Pollard, who ended with 60 off just 24 balls, hit a boundary off the final ball to take the match into a Super Over.