By CricketCountry Staff
Bangalore: May 14, 2012
Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a formidable 171 for six against Mumbai Indians in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Earlier Mumbai won the toss and elected to bowl first in a delayed start.
Bangalore’s hopes of a good start were jolted when Chris Gayle was bowled by Munaf Patel in the third over for six runs. Virat Kohli soon followed Gayle as he was run out after being involved in a mix-up with Tillakaratne Dilshan. At that stage Bangalore were 11 for two.
Things seemed to go Bangalore’s way in the fifth over as Munaf conceded 21 runs. It was a ten ball over as Munaf overstepped thrice and also bowled a wide. Apart from that Dilshan hit a boundary and Saurabh Tiwary hit a six and a four to cap off an expensive over.
Tiwary became the fifth batsman to be hit-wicket in IPL history as he stepped onto the stumps off the bowling of Harbhajan Singh in the seventh over with the score at 47 for three. He was dismissed for 21 off 16 balls.
Dilshan and AB de Villiers had a brief partnership until the South African was dismissed by Kieron Pollard in the 12th over with the score reading 87 for four.
Agarwal’s arrival at the crease gave impetus to the Bangalore innings as he constructed a crucial partnership with Dilshan. The crucial stand of 46 ended when Rudra Pratap Singh bowled Dilshan for 47 in the 18th over.
That dismissal affected Bangalore’s progress a little as they lost R Vinay Kumar two deliveries later. However, Agarwal continued to fight as he hit Lasith Malinga for a six and a four in the 19th over.
Munaf bowled the 20th over and was expensive yet again as he conceded 24 runs. Agarwal stroked two sixes and two fours in a calculated assault on Munaf.
Brief Score: RCB 171 for 6 in 20 overs (Mayank Agarwal 64*, Tillakaratne Dilshan 47, Kieron Pollard 1 for 20, RP Singh 1 for 23) vs MI