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  • 7:56 PM IST

    And that is it from us for Match 38. Do enjoy Match 39 between RPS vs GL here with some fun updates by my colleague Pramod Ananth.

    Meanwhile, here is the match report for Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore by Kaustubh Mayekar
  • 7:53 PM IST

  • 7:53 PM IST

    Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma

  • 7:50 PM IST

    Fbb Stylish Player Award: Pawan Negi

  • 7:49 PM IST

    Yes Bank Maximum Sixes: AB de Villiers

  • 7:49 PM IST

    Perfect catch of the match: Travis Head

  • 7:37 PM IST

    Shane Watson’s final over: Oh not the start that RCB would need. Goes wide and provides an extra ball for MI. 5 off 5 now. Should not be another Super Over. If they win this, they qualify. Tries for boundary but finds Milne. Tension builds up. It is neck-to-neck. Oh lord, 2 off 2. All tensed faces around. And Rohit finishes off in style with a boundary towards long-off with MI winning by 5 wickets

  • 7:32 PM IST

    Sreenath Aravind’s second over: Rohit on strike with 9 short of yet another fifty in this IPL season. Starts with a single. MI can actually manage with singles as that would be pretty much enough. Or maybe even a boundary this over and keep things simple in the final over. But wait, Rohit wants to finish it off soon. He wants Wankhede to wake up. Swept for a SIX inching closer to his fifty. Single again and skipper is on 49. Hardik maybe wants to finish it. Now the chants go ‘Rohit, Rohit, Rohit’ and fifty for him with that single. 7 off 6 needed.

  • 7:29 PM IST

  • 7:27 PM IST

    Aniket Choudhary’s final over: Starts with a single. MI need big runs here. Will need more boundaries flowing or else it is RCB all the way. 27 off 15 is not impossible or is it? Tight bowling from Choudhary after an embarrassing start dropping those catches. Could have finished it off well but a wide. MI would not mind those. What a way to finish! SIX towards deep square leg. MI need 18 off 12.

  • 7:24 PM IST

  • 7:21 PM IST

    Shane Watson’s third over: Rohit Sharma on strike. 38 needed off 24. What a start to the over. Boundary towards deep extra cover and Rohit taking charge. Watson gets a wicket, finally. Something to celebrate on his 100th IPL match. The other Sharma goes for 9. Meanwhile, Gayle looked all serious suddenly after watching him earlier with those cool shades. Hardik Pandya joins the skipper Rohit. Can he play a match-winning knock again? Rohit will keep the strike for next over.

  • 7:12 PM IST

    Yuzvendra Chahal’s final over: Karn Sharma flicks for single and attempts for a second, but Rohit shouts no. Looks like MI are once again looking for a thrilling game. Karn Sharma joins the party boundary straight down the ground with Kohli once again trying to stop through one-arm and yet goes for a boundary. A extra run for MI thanks to a wide. Chahal is surely under pressure. Good run between these batsmen. Final delivery and a single. Chahal ends with figures of 1 for 36

  • 7:07 PM IST

    Aniket Choudhary’s third over: Rohit tried to play the Buttler scoop shot and now Rohit tried to get a boundary towards deep backward point, but sticks to single after finding a fielder. Choudhary bowling round the wicket. The chants still going ‘ABD, ABD, ABD’ but the DJ wants people to cheer for ‘Rohit Sharma’ 😀 Finally, a boundary for MI after a while towards deep backward point. That was stylish as ever towards long off.

  • 7:02 PM IST

    Pawan Negi’s final over: Limping Krunal Pandya enters and begins with a single. But was he even needed here? Hardik could have entered. Meanwhile, Krunal limps and walks off the field after diving to enter the crease. All the responsibility on Rohit now. 60 off 37, can they get it?

  • 6:56 PM IST

    Yuzvendran Chahal’s third over: Chahal has not had a great outing barring a few here and there. Meanwhile, Pollard joins the party with a boundary towards long-on. But guess what, just as I write Chahal proves me wrong. Pollard dismissed for 17.

  • 6:52 PM IST

    Pawan Negi’s third over: Negi is having a great outing. First with bat and then then ball. Already two wickets for him and now Rohit and Pollard being easy with the spinners. Rohit had a tough time with leg spinners this season. Can he be a match-winner for MI?

  • 6:49 PM IST

    Adam Milne’s second over: Begins with single and then an eassy boundary towards backward point and third man. RCB seems to fumbling with fielding a lot. MI need another big over to make this game count. What a way to end the over, a boundary by Pollard to fine leg. MI continue their momentum with 12 runs from it.

  • 6:45 PM IST

    Pawan Negi’s second over: Starts with a dot and then claims his second wicket of Rana, who did not get quite enough of it. He goes for 27. Kieron Pollard enters. Remember his 47-ball 77? It was against RCB. Can he repeat those heroics? Rohit tries to play a boundary towards fine leg. And 4,000 runs for Rohit as well. Slowest to reach that.

  • 6:39 PM IST

    Shane Watson’s second over: Begins with a couple towards deep square leg. After all the attempts, Rana gets a single towards deep backward point. RCB have bounced back well. After a dry patch, Rohit just flicks it for a boundary at the last delivery.

  • 6:33 PM IST

    Pawan Negi’s first over: Negi has been excellent with bat taking RCB to 162 and now a crucial wicket of Buttler. What a day for Negi! Just what Kohli needed. Guess who is here? Rohit Sharma. Can he bring some magic with the bat? He is off the mark with single and 4 off the over.

  • 6:29 PM IST

    Seems like special person in the house, is it?

  • 6:28 PM IST

    Shane Watson’s first one: Watto’s 100th IPL match. He could not do anything with the bat, can he with the ball? Begins with a dot ball. MI would not mind singles as they have enough runs on the board. Surprisingly, Buttler is shouting No/Yes for the singles as well. Keeping the game pretty much under control, avoiding the fall of wickets.

  • 6:22 PM IST

    Yuzvendra Chahal’s second over: Just when the singles were coming, Buttler decides to go on flight mode to wake up the crowd around. He smashes a SIX towards mid-wicket. Only Buttler could have done that.

  • 6:20 PM IST

    Rana and Buttler are cooking something for sure: https://twitter.com/mipaltan/status/859026342712676352

  • 6:19 PM IST

    Sreenath Aravind’s first over: So after dropping a catch, he is back to bowling. Begins with a single off Buttler towards mid-off. Textbook shot from Rana towards long-on and boundaries-galore begins. Aravind thought he could finish off well, but ends up conceding another Ariel boundary

  • 6:17 PM IST

  • 6:13 PM IST

    Aniket Choudhary’s second over: Rana begins with a single. Straight down but Chahal gets there just on time providing couple of them to Buttler. Buttler being careful with deliveries after his rash run-out in the previous game. Just singles now between Rana and Buttler. Can they finish big? Dot to end.

  • 6:09 PM IST

    Adam Milne’s first over: Buttler provides fitting reply to Choudhary for that wicket? Two consecutive boundaries already. One a pull shot and the other straight towards extra-cover. The other would have been a boundary as well Choudhary saved that despite misfield. Just the over MI need, a WIDE as well. Rana is very lucky, thanks to Choundhary missing another opportunity, but this time it was quite the distance. That was swept to the cover by Buttler, ending the over with 17 runs.

Mumbai Indians had defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their earlier meet this season © BCCI
Mumbai Indians had defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their earlier meet this season © BCCI

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the match No. 38 in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, between the in-form Mumbai Indians (MI) and the struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The game will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, and the heat will be completely on the visiting side who are having a horror time in this IPL. With just 2 wins in 10 matches and 7 defeats, a team boasting the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli is languishing at the bottom of the pool and now depends on the mercy of the others to make it to the next round. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2017, Match 38

The Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) on the other hand, are looking well-set to storm into the IPL 10 playoffs. Sitting pretty at the second spot in the IPL 2017 points table, Mumbai Indians have won 7 out of their 9 matches and have lost only 2. In their previous game, Mumbai Indians were powered to a thrilling victory by Jasprit Bumrah, who bowled an excellent over in the Super Over stage, allowing Gujarat Lions a mere 6 runs as they were chasing 12 to win. Mumbai have players for all sorts of situations and are not one-dimensional like Royal Challengers Bangalore, whose over-dependency on the batting troika of Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers have hurt them in return.

Mumbai Indians have shown they can win contests from toughest of situations. They were inflicted with a hat-trick — first of IPL 2017 and the only such instance so far — by RCB bowler Samuel Badree. The Caribbean spinner had reduced the Mumbai Indians to a mere 7 for 4, but they recovered extremely well to post an impressive victory in their first clash against RCB.

On the other hand, RCB seems to be touching new lows every passing day. For a batting-heavy side consisting some of the best in the business, Royal Challengers Bangalore in this season are a far cry from what they were in IPL 2016.

The runners-up of IPL 2016, RCB began with struggling for combinations, and the troubles soon compounded with their key players struggling for form. What has also been one of the most disappointing facts for RCB, is the failure to get together a potent bowling attack.

Squads:

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Vinay Kumar, Saurabh Tiwary, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Krishnappa Gowtham, Siddhesh Lad, Nicholas Pooran, Shreyas Gopal, Asela Gunaratne, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kulwant Khejroliya

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2017, Match 38