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WATCH: Ashish Nehra forces Virat Kohli to go with a spin bowler in the 19th over against MI

Jason Behrendorff swung one into Kohli to dismiss him early on in the innings. AB Devillers and Parthiv Patel went along through the powerplay as the ball was moving around. Parthiv played his shots as he fell for 28 right after the powerplay. Once Moeen Ali joined AB Devillers in the middle, RCB looked comfortable as both played really well to get a 95 runs partnership. Moeen Ali got out after getting a quick 50 off 32 balls. AB Devillers pushed on as he got to the end of the innings getting 75 off just 51 balls as RCB got to 171 in the 20 overs.

Rohit Sharma and De Kock started off with a brilliant opening partnership getting to 70 in just 7 overs. Once spin of Moeen Ali was introduced, he got RCB back into the game by getting both the openers out. When spin was dominating, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan took them on to get the required rate under control. Once Chahal got both of them out, Krunal Pandya struggled to get going as he scored 11 of 21 balls, but Hardik Pandya’s 37 off just 16 balls made sure that the MI won with an over to spare.

RCB will be disappointed with their bowling in the first 6 overs as they leaked runs. They would have also liked 10-15 more runs on this pitch. The Mumbai Indians will be happy with their victory after chasing this total very well.

As the game between MI and RCB was getting tight towards the end, the Mumbai Indians needed 22 to win off the last two overs.

Virat Kohli was going for Navdeep Saini to bowl that over, but Ashish Nehra, the bowling coach of RCB signaled from the dugout to bowl the spinner Negi. This decision didn’t turn out as he expected as Hardik Pandya smashed 22 runs of this over and won the game for the Mumbai Indians.

Looking back, even though it didn’t work out, it was not the worst decision considering the pitch was turning and spinners were the ones who had done the damage until then. Also with two right-handers in, bowling Negi could have worked. Unfortunately for RCB, it didn’t go according to plan today and hence lost the match.



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