Royal Challengers Bangalore earned their second victory in the Indian Premier League edging defending champions Mumbai Indians in Super Over after yet another high scoring thriller at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The match was decided in the Super Over after both teams were tied on 201 runs each following an intense battle where Mumbai clawed back in the game with super innings from Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard.
Navdeep Saini bowled brilliantly for Bangalore restricting Mumbai to seven runs in the Super Over. Bangalore scored 11 runs to get their second victory in the tournament. Mumbai now have lost two out of three matches.
Mumbai looked down and out when they needed 84 runs from the last four overs. But two costly overs from leg spinners Adam Zampa and Yuzvendra Chahal turned the match into its head. Zamba was clobbered for 27 runs by Pollard in the 17th over with the big-hitting West Indian smashing him for three sixes and a boundary.
Pollard, dropped on 15 by substitute fielder Pawan Negi at long off, completed his half century of just 20 deliveries. Next over, Chahal was smashed for 22 runs with Pollar hitting two sixes and Kishan striking one.
With a 12-ball 31 now looking plausible, Navdeep Saini did a decent job for Bangalore conceding just 12 runs in the 19th over. Ishuru Udana began well with just two singles in the first two deliveries of the final over before Kishan hit two consecutive sixes to reach 99 and leaving Mumbai with just five to get from two.
The anti-climax occurred when Kishan holed out a catch at deep mid wicket to Padikkal and Pollar hit a boundary off the last ball to force super over. Pollard remained unbeaten on 60 off 24 with five sixes and three fours.
Kishan was unlucky not to finish the game by himself getting dismissed for 99 off 58 with nine sixes and two fours. Mumbai top order didn’t do much after they were reduced to 78-4 in 11.2 overs.
Bangalore had a decent start after openers Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch began with an 81-run partnership for the first wicket. Finch made 52 off 35 hitting seven boundaries and a six.
Mumbai contained Bangalore batsmen after they got rid of Finch and skipper Virat Kohli (three) in quick success before AB de Viliers shifted the gears. De Villiers and Padikkal shared 62 runs for the third wicket and after the latter was out the former South African captain added another 47 with Shiva Dube (27 off 10).
De Villiers was unbeaten on a 24-ball 55 with four sixes and as many boundaries. An impressive Padikkal chipped in 54 off 40 with five fours and two sixes. Both the half centurions brought their second half century in the tournament. Trent Boult took two wickets for Mumbai.