On a pitch that had something in it for the bowlers, Kohli (32, 26b) did not play a decimating role but one that held the team together and ensured that Colin de Grandhomme (23, SR: 230) could go all out on the 10 balls he faced. Both teams have been struggling this season to play cohesively.
Rohit, who was out on naught today, however, still feels that his team can make a late surge for the play-off spots and hope that the remanding teams in contention slip. RCB who were one of the strongest teams on paper before the start of IPL, once again find themselves in a sticky wicket and will have to win most of their remaining games to qualify for the playoffs. Chennai Super Kings won the toss earlier and made a decision to bowl first. "It will be an entirely different ball game tomorrow".
De Kock and Kohli started the innings for RCB in the match. He bowled a series of back of the length deliveries and three Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen - Mandeep Singh, Virat Kohli and Washington Sundar - looked to tee off and all of them perished in the deep. Jayawardene rolled in the changes after a disappointing first six games, and it seems to have worked, but has it really?
"In the last game, he came up and shouldered the responsibility". The visitors needed 45 from the last four but Southee bowled exceptionally well by conceding just five runs in the 18th over. The umpire's soft signal was out before they went upstairs.
The odds should be tighter in this market than they are and it's worth showing faith in one of Mumbai's top order batsmen outscoring Bangalore's.
Russell had earlier shone with the ball, grabbing three for 31 with his pace as KKR restricted RCB to 175 for four off their 20 overs.
However, Mohammed Siraj nipped the game in the bud with Krunal's wicket off the penultimate over as RCB emerged the victor in front of a boisterous home crowd.
OVERS 8: The ball is turning and bouncing.
The Mumbai franchise won the toss and put Virat Kohli's RCB in to bat first.
For Mumbai, Hardik Pandya was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/28 while Markande, McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah bagged a wicket each.
The Challengers continue to languish at the bottom half of the table as they continue to try and figure out the flawless combination of eleven from their squad. Both teams have produced similar stats so far- 7 matches 5 wins and 2 losses but with a better run rate-MI are placed above the RCB at the points tally.