Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 5 wickets in match 38 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With this win, Mumbai Indians dethrone Kolkata Knight Riders from the top of IPL 2017 points table, while the Royal Challengers Bangalore are stuck at the penultimate spot. Mumbai Indians bowled well as a cohesive unit to restrict the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore to 162 for 8 on a batting-friendly track. In reply, Mumbai achieved the target with one ball to spare. Mumbai so far have lost only 2 of 10 matches, both against Rising Pune Supergiant. Let us have a look at the highlights. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2017, Match 38 at Mumbai
The lost Kohli: In IPL 9, Virat Kohli had attained many a peerless feat. In 16 games, he had managed 973 runs at 81.08 inclusive of 4 hundreds. In the ongoing season, he has scored 239 runs at 34.14 comprising 3 fifties. Though he missed a few matches due to injury, Kohli has not found his lost mojo since Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17. At Wankhede, he smote 2 sixes but fell to a slower delivery off Mitchell McClenaghan. In the remaining 4 contests, he is sure to make amends and end the tournament on a high.
ABD, ABD, ABD…: AB de Villiers has many a fond memories at Wankhede. He had once obliterated India in a 50-over game. He had even scored 133 off 59 in IPL. In fact, before this game, he had 184 runs off 100 at this venue in IPL. De Villiers continued the same and added another 43 off 27, with the help of 3 fours and as many sixes. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2017, Match 38 at Mumbai
McClenaghan continues providing breakthroughs: After dismissing Kohli, McClenaghan dismissed the well-set Kedar Jadhav and Pawan Negi. He ended with figures of 4-0-34-3.
Rohit finds his lost paradise: Before this encounter, Rohit Sharma had scores of 3, 2, 4, 0, 40*, 5, 58, and 5. When his team was staring down the barrel, Rohit played a crucial knock of unbeaten 56 off 37. He was awarded Man of the Match. IPL 2017: Bumrah says Malinga has helped in getting yorkers right
Rohit achieves a new high: After Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, and Gautam Gambhir, Rohit completed 4,000 runs IPL. Starting his journey for Deccan Chargers (DC), Rohit continued playing swashbuckling knocks for Mumbai as well. Come to think of it, all these players are captains of their respective sides. However, Rohit is the slowest to reach the milestone. He took 152 games at an average of 33.17 including a hundred and 21 fifties.
MI qualify for playoffs: Mumbai Indians became the first team to qualify for the playoffs. All the same, they will look to win as many from the remaining games to stay at the top of IPL points table.