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MI beat RCB: Key learnings from the match
15 Apr 2019
Former champions Mumbai Indians played smart cricket as they defeated Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in match number 31 of the IPL 2019 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.
The win took Mumbai to the third spot on the table, while this was RCB's seventh loss of the season.
Here are the key learnings from this high-octane clash.
How did the match pan out?
Winning the toss, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma elected to bowl first, as AB de Villiers played a knock of 75.
Moeen Ali too slammed a half-century, and RCB posted an above-par total of 171/7, while Malinga claimed 4/31.
In reply, opener Quinton de Kock's knock of 40, followed by a blitz by Hardik Pandya helped Mumbai chase the total with six balls to spare.
Washington Sundar should get game time
Bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar has been one of the promising all-rounders for India.
However, he is yet to play a game this season.
With RCB's fate hanging in balance and their qualification chances looking bleak, it is high time Kohli gives Sundar a chance to prove his worth.
With an economy of 7.54 in eight matches, he is worth a shot.
Parthiv Patel hardly gets past 30
RCB's wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel is known to be a fine opener.
However, in most cases, he does not score more than 30.
With an average of 22.4 in 132 matches, he has managed just 12 half-centuries.
Thus, this proves his struggle at going past 30.
But, since he could give the start, the side still continues to rely on him and give chances.
Kohli should give Marcus Stoinis a chance as opener
Stoinis as opener?
As Pathiv continues to struggle and make a big impact as an opener for the side, Kohli could make one bold move.
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis did shine as an opener this season in the Big Bash League (BBL).
Having scored 533 runs in 13 matches at an average of 53.30 and a strike-rate of 130.63, including four half-centuries, he's worth a shot.
ABD's love story with Wankhede continues
ABD's Wankhede loe
De Villiers is one of the prolific strikers of the ball the game has ever seen
He has also been RCB's million-dollar man on several occasions.
However, it has been seen that he has a special love for performing at Wankhede, even against India.
In seven IPL matches here, he has scored 199 runs at an average of 39.80, which includes a century.
Malinga gets hit for most sixes by de Villiers
Malinga's unwanted record
Mumbai pacer Lasith Malinga scripted an unwanted record when he got hit for most sixes by a batsman in the IPL.
The record happened against AB de Villiers in this match, and what was his seventh six against the pacer in the tournament.
De Villiers tops the list against him, followed by Hashim Amla and Shane Watson, who have hit five sixes against him.