TATA IPL 2024: Ishan, Surya hammer blazing fifties as Mumbai Indians thrash RCB by 7 wickets

TATA IPL 2024: Ishan, Surya hammer blazing fifties as Mumbai Indians thrash RCB by 7 wickets
Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav hammered blazing half-centuries in a brilliant display of power-hitting as Mumbai Indians thrashed Royal Challengers Bengaluru by seven wickets with 27 balls to spare for their second successive victory in Match 25 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 at the Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday.
Ishan Kishan set a breakneck pace as he hammered a 23-ball half-century on his way to a 34-ball 69, adding 72 runs off the first six overs and raising a century-partnership with Rohit Sharma (38) as Mumbai Indians raced to 199/3 in 15.3 overs, Jasprit Bumrah had set up Mumbai Indians for victory with a sensational bowling display, claiming 5-21 off after Faf du Plessis (61), Rajat Patidar (50) and Dinesh Karthik (52 not out) struck superb half-centuries to help RCB reach a challenging 196/8 in 20 overs.
Suryakuamr Yadav then took over, hitting a 17-ball half-century, the second fasted this season only in his second match on return from an ankle injury and a sports hernia operation in Germany. He scored 52 off 19 balls, hitting five boundaries and three sixes.
This was Mumbai Indians' fifth victory at the Wankhede and second victory in five matches in IPL 2024, which took the five-time champions to seventh position in the 10-team competition after Hardik Pandya won the toss and asked RCB to bat first.
This was the ninth instance when Mumbai Indians successfully chased a target of 190-plus scores, the most by any team alongside Punjab Kings. This is also the 11th time that RCB has failed to defend a 190-plus score.
Mumbai got off to a sensational start with Ishan Kishan batting in whirlwind fashion, racing to 72 runs in the mandatory Power-play. They raced to fifty in 29 balls in the fifth over.
He started his assault on the RCB bowlers with a six off Mohammed Siraj, a fine flick off a full-length delivery. Reece Topley was flayed for a hat-trick of boundaries in the third over -- flayed to backward point, next an edge past Glenn Maxwell as he failed to hold on to it at slip and then another flick through midwicket for his third four of the over.
He shivered and pulled Siraj for a six, and followed it up with a punch off the back foot to the cover boundary and put the icing on the cake, leaning back and slashing him for a brilliant six. Rohit Sharma helped himself to a six after Ishan ran for a single as Mahipal Lomror saved a certain four. Siraj conceded 23 runs off the over. When Maxwell was pressed into action, Kishan hammered him for a four and then a six and four off successive deliveries in the same sixth over as he raced to his half-century off 23 balls, becoming the third batter to score a half-century in Power-play for Mumbai Indians. This was the second time Kishan scored fifty in the Power-play.
Kishan was eventually out for 68 off 34 balls, caught by Virat Kohli at long-off as Akash Deep managed to fox him with a slow bouncer as the Mumbai Indians opener failed to time his shot. Ishan Kishan managed a strike rate of 200-plus in his innings and Rohit Sharma looked a slow coach with his strike rate of 150-odd as they raised 101 runs in nine overs for the first wicket partnership.
Suryakumar Yadav, who came in as an Impact Substitute in place of Akash Madhwal, continued with the carnage, proving once again why he is considered the best T20 batter in the world.
The Mumbai batter considered the best 360-degree batter the game has seen after AB de Villiers, put up a brilliant display of power-hitting, unleashing a range of shots that had the packed crowd mesmerised. Suryakuamr Yadav was out for a zero in his first match on return from injury but showed on Thursday that he is in brilliant form as he put up a sensational display of power-hitting to score a 17-ball half-century, the joint eighth-fastest half-century in IPL history. He joined Chris Gayle, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard as the fourth batter to score a half-century off 17 balls.
After a couple of doubles and a single, SKY waded into Akash Deep for three sixes and a four in the 11th over. Starting with a four followed by a dot ball, Surya hammered a slow knuckleball by Akash Deep for a massive six. The next ball, Glenn Maxwell dropped by Glenn Maxwell at backward point as he cut hard at a short and wide one. SKY rubbed salt into the wound when he hammered the next two deliveries for sixes to leave the RCB bowler shell-shocked.
In between Rohit departed to a sensational catch by Reece Topley off Will Jacks, his first wicket in his debut match as the former Mumbai Indians captain scored 38 off 24 balls.
Suryakumar Yadav continued to torment the RCB bowlers. A four and a six followed by two more boundaries off Topley in the 13th over as SKY sliced, scooped and flicked off his wrists as he stormed to his half-century off 17 balls.
He was finally out in the 14th over, finding the fielder off Vijaykumar Vyshak, scything it straight to deep point for Lomror to pick a fine catch.
Hardik Pandya, who was booed once again by the crowd but also had a section of the stands rooting for him, started with a six off Will Jacks off the first ball. He hammered Vyshak for a six in the 14th over before sealing victory with a six, a brilliant shot to end the match as Mumbai Indians chased down 197 in 15.3 overs, giving their Net Run Rate a much-needed boost after starting IPL 2024 with three successive defeat.
Hardik remained unbeaten on 21 with Tilak Varma remained 16 not out as Mumbai Indians won the match with 27 balls to spare.
Akash Deep conceded 1-55 in 3.3 overs while Vijaykumar Vyshak claimed 1-32 for RCB.
Brief scores:
Royal Challengers Bengaluru 196/8 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 61, Rajat Patidar 50, Dinesh Karthik 53 not out; Jasprit Bumrah 5-21) lost to Mumbai Indians 199/3 in 15.3 overs (Ishan Kishan 69, Suryakumar Yadav 52, Rohit Sharma 38; Will Jacks 1-24, Vijaykumar Vyshak 1-32) by seven wickets.
Source: IANS