IPL 2019, MI vs RCB: After AB de Villiers’ 75 off 51 balls, Lasith Malinga’s 4/31 keeps RCB to 171/7
AB de villiers top-scored for RCB with 75 off 51 balls PHOTO BCCI

Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers combined for a stand off 95 runs for the third wicket off just 61 balls to help Royal Challengers Bangalore set base for what should have been a grand flourish in the death overs, but lost way to get restricted for 171/7 against Mumbai Indians in Match 31 of IPL 2019 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Monday.

After being put in to bat, Bangalore found themselves in a spot of bother when the tall and strapping Jason Behrendorff had Virat Kohli edge one to wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock in the 3rd over, but a smart 37 runs stand between Parthiv Patel and de Villiers steadied Bangalore and then they rode on Ali s 50 off 32 balls and de Villiers 75 off 51 balls. But, Mumbai made comeback in the last five overs, with Lasith Malinga claiming four wickets in his last two overs.

Behrendorff , despite taking the key wicket of Kohli, had a day to forget, giving away 49 runs in four overs. After Kohli was undone by a back of length delivery that jagged back in and took the inside edge, the Australian quick lost his focus and was clobbered for three fours and a six by Patel in the fifth over.

That over helped RCB s run-rate to touch eight runs per over, but they were kept under check by Hardik Pandya and Rahul Chahar. By the tenth RCB s run-rate dipped to seven, with the loss of Patel to Pandya for 28 off 20 balls.

But, de Villiers looked in ominous touch early on and rode on his luck to stay in the middle. Ali started off with a sublime flick off Chahar for a six and then proceeded to add two more maximums for his second fifty of the IPL. He took on Behrendorff in his fourth over, taking him for a four and two sixes.

De Villiers notched up his 32nd IPL fifty off 40 balls in the 17th over, but lost Ali to a Malinga slower one, caught by Hardik at deep midwicket and then the Sri Lankan accounted for Marcus Stoinis (0) with yet another slower one.

Jasprit Bumrah s final over, the 19th over, weas taken for two fours by de Villiers, but Malinga s final over saw the back of the well-set South African, courtesy a direct hit from Kieron Pollard, and two more wickets in the form of Akhsdeep Nath (2) and Pawan Negi (0).

Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 171/7 (AB de Villiers 75, Moeen Ali 50; Lasith Malinga 4/31) v Mumbai Indians