Monday, August 2, 2021

RCB vs MI | IPL 2020 | Chahal takes de Kock’s wicket, Mumbai in bad shape

After 8 overs, Mumbai Indians 52/3 ( Ishan Kishan 19 , Hardik Pandya 10)

Now it’s the turn of, Adam Zampa. He’s the third spinner Kohli’s put to work tonight, can he emulate the other two and pick up wickets? Single off the first ball. Zampa’s given away three singles. And now he’s hit for a six! Hardik Pandya connects so, so well with it and sends it sailing into the upper tiers! How MI needed that. Single off the last ball, 11 runs from the over.

6! Towering six by Hardik Pandya, he belts that one over midwicket, that would’ve brained a spectator or two had it not been for COVID-19.

After 7 overs, Mumbai Indians 41/3 ( Ishan Kishan 17 , Hardik Pandya 1)

And it’s Yuzvendra Chahal’s turn to bowl. It’s crazy that he’s not had an over yet, how are RCB bowling so well? Two singles off the first ball. A double off the third. This is really good running from the pair, but that’s not going to cut it. De Kock goes for a huge shot, and he’s out! He’s hit it straight to Pawan Negi. I think I’m having deja vu, didn’t I type that just a few minutes ago? MI are crumbling. Hardik Pandya’s on, can he make the difference for Mumbai? Ishan Kishan gets a single off the fifth ball of the over, Pandya’s on strike. Single off it, well defended.

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OUT! Things go from bad to worse for Mumbai Indians, as Quentin de Kock holes out to Pawan Negi at deep midwicket Yuzvendra Chahal gets his first wicket of the night!

 

After 6 overs, Mumbai Indians 35/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 11 , Ishan Kishan 15)

Sundar’s back, and he gives away a single on the first ball. Uncharacteristically generous of him that, he’s been swimming in dot balls so far. Speaking of which, there’s another dot ball. Then a single. It’s ridiculous that this could be considered a relatively expensive over for Sundar, that’s just how good he’s been so far. Another single. 1-6 after 2.4 overs, this is match-winning bowling so far. Another dot. Have a shot every time you read those words in a Sundar over, you’ll be hammered by 10:30. A single to wrap it up.

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After 5 overs, Mumbai Indians 31/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 9 , Ishan Kishan 13)

Navdeep Saini is brought into the bowling attack for the first time tonight, and his first delivery is full and just outside off. No runs come off it. His second one is nowhere near as good, and Saini whacks it over fine leg for a six. Ishan Kishan is batting with the maturity of a man many years his senior. There’s a change of balls as an umpire runs on with a battered-looking briefcase. Surely IPL can manage a Samsonite sponsorship, there’s no need to be carrying that relic around. Saini’s found his line and length again, three dot balls in a row. Ishan Kishan takes a single on the final ball to keep strike.

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21:43 (IST)

After 4 overs,Mumbai Indians 24/2 ( Quinton de Kock (W) 9 , Ishan Kishan 6)

Sundar’s back and he gets right into it, with a trio of dot balls. This is some real pressure-cooker play from RCB, they’re making Quentin de Kock and Ishan Kishan sweat. Kishan manages to push it far enough to run a single and give the strike to De Kock. Another dot ball now. Oh my word, that was close! Sundar almost took the bails off after De Kock got a heavy inside edge on it, but the South African batsman breathes a sigh of relief as it missed the wicket by a hair’s breadth.

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