RCB pacers deliver at death

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 May 2018 12:00:35



SOME superb death bowling by Tim Southee and Mohammed Siraj eclipsed Hardik Pandya’s all-round effort as Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a comfortable 14-run win over Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League match here on Tuesday night. The hosts defended their score of 167 for seven that looked a little below par. With 62 runs needed from last five,ColindeGrandhomme gave away17runs inthe16thover.But the duo of Southee and Siraj bowled yorkers at will to choke the Mumbai batters who could stretch their score to 153-7. From here on, Mumbai will need to win all their matches if they are to qualify for the play-offs. Earlier, captainViratKohli(32) and Brendon McCullum (37) added 60 quick runs in the middle overs to help the side recover from a slow start but Hardik Pandya(3/28)scalped three batsmen and effecteda run out to stop the hosts from running awaywith a big total. Colin de Grandhomme (23 from10)hitthree sixes inthe last over, bowled by fellow New Zealand erMitchell McClen agh an to provide a flourishing finish to the innings. Opener Manan Vohra (45) played a useful knock at the top before being trapped by Mayank Markande. As the wicket offered turn edand pacers too generated pace, Mumbai Indians succeeded in straight-jacketing the RCB batsmen.

Since it had rained, there was dampness in the wicket, causing the ball to come a slow on the bat. Vohra broke the shackles by creaming off 22 runs from South African all-rounder JP Duminy’s second over. McClenaghan, though, kept troubling Quinton de Kock (7) , who struggled badly to connect the bat with the ball and was eventually caught brilliantly by RohitSharmaat shortmid-wicket off the Kiwi paceman. Considering the conditions, expectedly,all three spinner swere employed by captain Rohit Sharma. Krunal Pandya turned the ball away from McCullum while impressive Markande yet again keptthe batsmen in a tight leash. The spinner was hitfor a six by Vohra but Markande trapped his Ranji team-mate from Punjab. It brought skipper Kohli at the crease as he came to bat at number four from hisusu alone-down position. The hosts claimed 20 runs from the 10th over, bowled by Hardik with McCullum hitting him for two sixes and a four.