IPL 2018: The Victory was a Little Birthday Gift for My Wife – Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore got the much-needed victory in the 31st match of the tournament in Vivo IPL 11 by beating the Mumbai Indians by 14 runs.
Both teams needed a win badly, and in the end, it was Bangalore who produced magnificent bowling show which helped them restrict Mumbai to 153 in their allotted 20 overs. The last over of the Bangalore innings proved to be crucial in the outcome of the game. Left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan was smashed for 24 runs which included three sixes from the blade of Colin de Grandhomme.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and put the hosts in. It was a new opening pair for Bangalore; Manan Vohra and Quinton de Kock came out in the middle to start off proceedings. Vohra looked a tad uncomfortable in the stages of his innings. However, he picked up on the pace and started smashing some audacious shots. He smashed JP Duminy for some magnificent hits to get the run rate back on track.
Quinton de Kock got dismissed after making seven off 13 deliveries by Mitchell McClenaghan. It was a much-needed wicket at that stage. Vohra struck a couple of fours and four sixes during his knock of 45 off just 31 deliveries. Brendon McCullum looked in stupendous form from the outset. He smashed Hardik Pandya for consecutive sixes. The 2nd six rolled back the years when McCullum struck a magnificent 158 off just 73 deliveries in the inaugural match of IPL. It was a scoop over the keeper’s head which went deep into the crowd.
Meanwhile, Mayank Markande dismissed Vohra to get Mumbai back on track. Captain Virat Kohli came out in the 10th over. He struck an extra cover drive off Krunal Pandya to begin proceedings. Captain worked on the singles and doubles, as Colin de Grandhomme provide the late impetus to Bangalore, as he smashed McClenaghan for 24 runs in the final over.
It was exceptional hitting which saw Bangalore reach a more than competitive total of 167/7 in their allotted 20 overs.
Chasing a competitive total, Ishan Kishan got dismissed in the very first ball of the match. It was a horrendous shot against a class international bowler like Tim Southee. He just walked down the track like a club batsman and was beaten all ends up.
Suryakumar Yadav struck some good boundaries but was dismissed soon after by Umesh Yadav. He attempted the signature shot of his but got beaten all ends up. It hit slightly outside the line, but the on-field decision was withheld, as the impact and wickets were both umpire’s call.
The most critical wicket came on the very next delivery, as Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma go dismissed for a golden duck. It was a snorter of delivery which went through his defence. Quinton de Kock held on to a brilliant catch. He insisted Kohli ongoing for the review, and it proved to be decisive in the end.
Kieron Pollard played some good shots, to begin with. Mohammed Siraj sent him back to the pavilion, as he attempted a glide to the third man region. De Kock again took a terrific catch. JP Duminy and Hardik Pandya shared a crucial partnership. The former looked in control of proceedings. He was the calming influence the game.
However, a terrific piece of fielding by Umesh Yadav was enough to send him back to the pavilion.
Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya joined hands to resurrect the chase. They failed to play the big shots, as Mohammed Siraj, and Tim Southee bowled quite brilliantly in the last four overs.
Only 45 runs were required of the last four and with Hardik, Krunal and Ben Cutting in the wings, most would have backed Mumbai to win the match. But, Southee and Siraj were just out of the ordinary defending those runs with disdain. In the end, Bangalore ended up winning by 14 runs to register the 3rd win of the tournament.
Here is what winning skipper Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation,
“Jeez, we needed that win. Very important win at such an important stage of the tournament. In the last couple of games, we were picking up. Tonight was an occasion we need that two points. This is the push we needed. We might have spoken about too many things in the past. To the bowlers, we said, ‘back your gut feel to bowl yorkers, take your fields.’ To confuse them, doesn’t help too much. Everyone bowled really well. Umesh’s over. Colin’s over with the bat.
The one over that JP bowled, and Manan targeted, that was game-changing. Manan took the game away from them. We needed impact performances to get those two points. We had good intent; results are around the corner. The result went our way. We should take this confidence forward. My wife is here, and it’s her birthday. This was a little gift for her. It was very important to achieve this two points in front of her.”