Puno, April 9: A sublime 66 from wicketkeeper-batsman Anuj Rawat led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in match 18 of IPL 2022 at MCA Stadium on Saturday.
After Suryakumar Yadav lifted Mumbai from 79/6 to 151/6, Bangalore chased the goal with nine balls remaining. Rawat was ably supported by Virat Kohli’s 48 as Mumbai endured field errors, dropped catches and tumbled to crash to their fourth loss of the tournament.
Bangalore had a quiet power play, going 30 runs without a loss. Rawat bowling straight sixes on either side of Jaydev Unadkat’s ‘v’ were the only limits in the first six overs. 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.
Bangalore advanced as Rawat swept away a Murugan Ashwin full drop 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 11th to keep Bangalore in the hunt. Kohli then lobbed Basil Thampi through the middle of the wicket, followed by Rawat, producing a beautiful square-leg six and a cracked cut back to take 15 runs out of the over.
Rawat brought out his first IPL fifty in 38 balls, while Kohli tugged Jasprit Bumrah between the long deep wicket. He earned a reprieve at 30 when Dewald Brewis dropped a square-leg catch back and allowed the ball to go 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.
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