IPL 2019 Match 7 Report Card: Mistakes RCB Made That Cost The Game

Royal Challengers Bangalore could not make good use of home advantage and lost the game to Mumbai Indians yesterday. Yuvraj Singh and Surya Kumar Yadav fought to set a formidable score but the wrist spin of Yuzwendra Chahal collapsed the middle order of Mumbai team. When the team was in trouble,  Hardik Pandya provided a good finish to post a score of 187 runs. The breach to middle order by Chahal proved the importance of wrist spinners in the limited overs format.

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As an answer to the target of 188 runs, Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel added 60 runs before the power play but the dismissal of Virat Kohli by Jasprit Bumrah caused the fall of RCB. Bumrah conceded just 5 runs from the last two overs and picked two wickets. The fight between Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah turned out to be the war between AB De Villiers and Jasprit Bumrah in this game.

In fact, Jasprit Bumrah succeeded to break the stand between A B De Villiers and Virat Kohli to ensure the defeat of Royal Challengers Bangalore.

  1. Dismissal of Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel made a good stand of 60 runs before Power Play and gave a solid start to RCB. In fact, Virat smashed three boundaries in the first over of Bumrah and Bumrah succeeded to break the stand of Virat and De Villiers of 14 runs in the next over. Kohli seemed to take the contest between him and Bumrah to personal and warded off from the concentration about team’s victory.

  1. Poor team selection

Kohli picked Colin De Grandhomme and Tim Southee into the team. In fact, Yuzwendra Chahal turned out to be the crucial death over bowler by breaching the middle order of Mumbai Indians. Picking Washington Sundar might be helpful for RCB since he can be used as a good match finisher with the bat instead of picking Grandhomme or Tim Southee.

  1. Failing to encash the collapse of Mumbai Indians

Chahal succeeded to break the middle order by picking Krunal Pandya, Surya Kumar Yadav, and Kieron Pollard. By 17th over, Mumbai Indians were 167/7 and Hardik Pandya succeeded to repair the situation and guide the team towards the win. Kohli himself reconciled that by 17th over of Mumbai Indians innings, RCB got a chance to turn the situation into their favor but failed to do so.