IPL 2015: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by 39 runs at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Stars and flops

It was an AB de Villiers show at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai! Everything else was overshadowed by the brilliance of the man who is widely acknowledged as the best batter in world cricket. Mumbai Indians (MI) showed a lot of heart while chasing but de Villier’s second Indian Premier League (IPL) hundred made the difference in the end.

Winning the toss and batting first, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were off to a decent start but they were helped by MI’s poor fielding. The third over of the innings saw one misfield and two dropped catches off the bowling off Mitchell McClenaghan. However, MI were back in the game when Lendl Simmons caught a beauty to dismiss the dangerous Chris Gayle. Thereon, it was a de Villiers show. He and Kohli added 215 runs for the second wicket as the South African master went on to score an unbeaten 133 from just 59 balls. The total of 235 wasn’t going to be an easy task but Mumbai batsmen fought on.

Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard went after the RCB bowling but that wasn’t enough as MI went on to lose the game by 39-runs as the former climb to the fourth position in the points table with 13 points. MI will now have to win their two remaining games to make it to the play-offs.

Turning point: There was no such turning point as it was the partnership between Kohli and de Villiers that batted MI out of the game. The target of 235 was massive and the hosts just played a catching up game, which they eventually couldn’t.

Brief scores:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 235 for 1 in 20 overs [Virat Kohli 82 (50)*, AB de Villiers 133 (59)*; Lasith Malinga 4-1-27-1] bt Mumbai Indians 196 for 7 in 20 overs [Lendl Simmons 68 (53), Kieron Pollard 49 (24)] – by 39 runs