Mumbai defeated Bangalore by 6 runs in the seventh match of the IPL thanks to captain Rohit Sharma (48 runs in 33 balls), Suryakumar Yadav (38) and finally, Hardik Pandya fast picks (32 runs in 14 balls). With this, Mumbai has won its first win in this season. Jaspreet Bumrah was adjudged Man of the Match for his excellent bowling. He hit 3 fours in his 4 overs with 3 wickets.
Seems we have a new topic for debate for the next few days. It was the Ashwin-Buttler Mankad incident a few matches now, it's the Malinga overstepping one tonight. Every point matter in this competition, so how much will it affect them as the tournament goes on? Remains to be seen. Either way, Bangalore did well to get close, but the fact that they weren't in a more comfortable position come the final over will be something they will ponder about.
Parthiv and Kohli were going along well after losing Ali early. Then the skipper joined hands with de Villiers and the two were cruising along well till Bumrah got Kohli against the run of play. AB carried on, kept his side in the hunt by scoring a fine fifty. 40 runs were needed in the final 3 overs, which is when de Villiers pounded 18 runs off Hardik Pandya's over. It came down to 22 from 12, then 17 from the last one, and then 7 off the last ball, when Malinga bowled the no ball which wasn't picked up.
Mumbai were put under the pump for the most part, especially in the second half of the innings. De Villiers and Kohli were motoring along well, especially the former who went berserk towards the end. But, the visitors' were phenomenal in the death overs. And when you have two of the best in the business, you always have a chance. Bumrah, who was the best bowler of the night for the tourists, and Malinga put on an incredible death bowling display in the last 3 overs and eventually got their side over the line.
Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli, (On the no ball incident) says this is cricket at the highest level and the umpire should have spotted that. On his team's performance, states that they should have finished the innings with the ball better. Reckons that they batted well but could not get over the line. Adds that AB de Villiers needed support and he did not get it much. Feels that they need to be smart at the death with the ball and their pacers need to learn. Continues saying that the responsibility is on every member of the team and they need to step up and show more character. Applauds Jasprit Bumrah and labels him as a world class bowler. Ends by saying that he should not have gone after him and should have played him out.
Mumbai captain, Rohit Sharma, says these mistakes (the no ball incident) are not good for the game of cricket. He feels the wide which was given in the 19th over was not one and that too was a poor decision. Adds that the TV replays should be used more often in such scenarios. Further adds that anything over 180 is a fighting score, not a safe one but their bowlers did their job. States that they were always in the game, that they did not panic and stuck to their strengths. Applauds Lasith Malinga and says he is an experienced campaigner and he has done it a lot of times for Mumbai. Continues saying that they should have scored something above 200 but failed to capitalize on the start they got. Feels that they need to work on those issues in the games further. Ends by saying that this game was a confidence booster for Hardik Pandya and hopes he continues performing well.