Puno, April 10: A sublime 47-ball 66 from batsman-keeper Anuj Rawat combined with an excellent show from the bowlers set up Royal Challengers Bangalores’ third win of IPL 2022 with a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians at MCA Stadium here on Saturday.
After Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga and Akash Deep made sure Mumbai could manage just 151/6 after being asked to bat, Rawat played a good inning for his first IPL fifty with Virat Kohli going 48 from 36 balls while Bangalore recorded a comfortable win with seven. balls to spare in his pursuit of 152.
It also meant that Mumbai’s wait for a win continued as they suffered their fourth consecutive loss at this tournament despite a brilliant and unbeaten 68 from Suryakumar Yadav that rescued them from 79/6 to a respectable 151/6, which was not enough. to end a winless streak.
Bangalore had a quiet power play, going 30 runs without a loss. Rawat hitting straight sixes on both sides of the ‘v’ against Jaydev Unadkat were the only source of limits in that phase. Mumbai struggled to get wickets, which included bringing two overs from Jasprit Bumrah. But they could not eliminate either Rawat or a circumspect Faf du Plessis.
Rawat went on to slog away a full drop from Murugan Ashwin over the square leg, followed by du Plessis driving through a long time as 15 runs came out of the seventh over. Mumbai finally attacked in the ninth when du Plessis holed out Unadkat.
Rawat and Kohli took a limit each from Ashwin in the eleventh. In the next over, the latter bowled Basil Thampi through the middle of the wicket and the former produced a beautiful six over the square leg and a broken cut through the toe back to take 15 runs out of the over.
Rawat hit his fifty on 38 balls, while Kohli pulled Bumrah between the long, deep wicket. He earned a reprieve at 30 when Dewald Brewis dropped his square-leg catch back and allowed the ball to pass between his legs for a bound.
Rawat hit sixes to Pollard and Unadkat over the deep square leg back and into the middle of the wicket before his stroke ended at 66 via a direct strike from Ramandeep Singh down the middle. Kohli dropped Brevis lbw as he tried to defend.
Dinesh Karthik delivered a tug over the middle of the wicket in front of Bumrah, while Glenn Maxwell applied the finishing touches with straight fours through the back point and pinned Brevis to give Bangalore their third win.
Earlier, when asked to bat first, Mumbai got off to a strong start with Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan sailing through the power play to be 0/49. But just two balls after the power play ended, Sharma attempted to throw a slower pitch from Harshal Patel and the lead flew to the pitcher.
It started a slide for Mumbai when Brewis dropped back to counter a googly from Hasaranga. But the ball spun to catch him at lbw lead. Kishan attempted to throw a short pass from Deep and was caught by a third deep man running to the right of him.
Tilak Varma ran immediately after touching the ball for offside. But Maxwell fired a hard underarm shot, diving from short cover to catch the southpaw before the line. Hasaranga got the second wicket from him when he slid into a googly turning sharply to catch Kieron Pollard plummeted lbw by a golden duck.
Suryakumar found the limits with a drive up and a cut point despite Ramandep Singh going down without making an impact. He showed off his range of shots, turning inside out for a six over Shahbaz Ahmed’s extra coverage, followed by a paddle sweep through the short, fine leg for four. He took a four from Siraj with a whip through the middle of the wicket and slowly swept Hasaranga for a six over the middle of the deep wicket.
After surviving a lbw appeal from Patel, Yadav and Jayden Unadkat each took a limit as they went 13 runs out of 18. Siraj took further beatings from Yadav as the right-hander hit sixes over extra coverage, square leg deep and third man to take. 23 runs from 19. Yadav finished the innings with six long sticks to take Mumbai past 150.
Short scores: Mumbai Indians 151/6 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 68 out, Rohit Sharma 26; Harshal Patel 2/23, Wanindu Hasaranga 2/28) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 152/3 in 18.3 overs (Anuj Rawat 66; Virat Kohli 48; Dewald Brevis 1/8, Jaydev Unadkat 1/30) for seven wickets