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#IPL Match 46: De Villiers, Kohli power RCB to excellent win against Mumbai

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore thumped the Mumbai Indians by 39 runs to give their hopes of making it to the knock-out rounds of the Indian Premier League a massive boost, while condemning their hosts to their first defeat in 6 outings.

After having witnessed a Gayle-storm earlier in the tournament, it was time for the AB de Villiers show as the Proteas superstar made an incredible unbeaten 133 from just 59 balls to power the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a tournament best total of 235-1 in their 20 overs.

De Villiers, who came into bat at no.3 after Lasith Malinga dismissed Chris Gayle for 13, got terrific support from RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who made a very respectable 82* from 50 balls, but was completely overshadowed by De Villiers, who was simply unstoppable.

Mumbai didn't help their own cause again today by dropping catches, with Mitchell McClenaghan the unfortunate bowlers to witness catches of both RCB openers going down off consecutive deliveries.

RCB made the most of some very ordinary bowling too as Mumbai seemed completely overwhelmed by De Villiers' onslaught, who amazingly barely used the long handle, but instead pierced the field with the precision of a surgeon, hitting 19 boundaries and just 4 sixes.

Mumbai attempted to make a contest of it with Lendl Simmons dropping anchor at one end and batting through the innings to make 68 from 53 balls, while Kieron Pollard gave his side hope with a blistering 49 from just 24 balls, but it was never really going to be enough as Mumbai finished with a very respectable 196-7 from their 20 overs, but still 39 runs shy of Bangalore's exceptional total.

The win takes Bangalore to fourth place in the league standings with 13 points from 11 games while Mumbai stay 6th with 12 points from as many games. Mumbai would need to win their remaining two games and hope for some divine intervention as far as the other results go to give them any hope of making the eliminator game, while RCB will no doubt set their sights on a top 2 finish if they can squeeze some more favourable results from their remaining games.


Mumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, J Suchith, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Sandeep Singh, David Wiese, Mitchell Starc, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, S Aravind

Mini Scorecard:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 235/1 (20 overs, 11.75rpo)

AB de Villiers 133* (59) L Malinga 1-27 (4)

V Kohli 82* (50)

Mumbai Indians 196/7 (20 overs, 9.8rpo)

L Simmons 68* (53) H Patel 2-36 (4)

K Pollard 49 (24) Y Chahal 2-51 (4)

Royal Challengers Bangalore 39 runs