Despite Kohli carrying his bat through the innings, the fate of the match was virtually sealed in the first half. Bollywood actress and Virat's wife Anushka is in Mumbai these days, but she could not reach the stadium to watch the match. The lifeline for Hardik gave MI a big push towards the end - as Hardik hit two sixes and a four in the next four balls he faced to finish on an unbeaten 17 of five that pushed MI to 213 for 6. In the next over, pacer Mohammad Siraj was taken for 16 runs.
Without Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli opted to open and it was a decision that paid off as he made 92 not out to become the IPL's all-time leading run-scorer, but he did not receive the requisite support as RCB finished 167 for eight and fell to a third defeat in four. "So our frustrations will be about how we ended with the ball in the last two games".
RCB had MI 0 for 2 in 0.2.
"It wasn't the ideal situation and I thought Umesh bowled in the right areas", There's always something for the seamers in the first six overs, but the wicket was still soft when I came in, so just wanted to assess the situation and pace my innings", Mumbai Indians captain stressed.
Mumbai already have a world class left arm seamer in Mustafizur Rahman but McClenaghan held his own on a true pitch to deliver the killer blow. Mitch bowled a great spell upfront to get the experienced batsmen out, and then Krunal came in and used his variation to his advantage. In spite of contributing over 55% of the RCB total, the innings best knock wasn't good enough to drive the team home for a much-needed win.
If Kohli started well, what hampered RCB's run chase? The RCB skipper, in fact, carried his bat through, but had to wage a lone battle as wickets kept tumbling at the other end. Such was the abject performance of the rest of the RCB line-up, that de Kock's 19 was the second-highest score in the line-up. The pressure built by spin brought Krunal 3 for 28 in four overs, and Markande had 1 for 25 in four, plus a missed stumping against Mandeep Singh.
Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets in an over against Kings XI last week, and he got off to a remarkable start in this encounter - clean bowling Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan with the first two deliveries. RCB allowed Lewis to launch several pulls off regular short balls, and when they overcompensated with full ones later, they were swung for more sixes. This is the third time this IPL Umesh has taken wickets in quick succession.