That's it from a gripping game of T20 cricket between 2 solid sides in the Indian Premier League. Ninaad Dixit here signing off on behalf of my co-commentators Akshaya Krishna and Hitesh Peddurwar and also our scorer Paras Yadav. Stay tuned for more cricketing action from around the world.
Suryakumar Yadav(Player of the Match): " Oh.. yeah, I loved it. Much needed and it was important for the team too. I am very happy to win a home game like this. Absolutely they came up with the plan here, they were bowling slow and they were not giving the pace.
I just had a talk with Nehal, if they bowl slower ones let them do that, we will just hit the ball hard in the gaps and collect doubles and singles and convert them. I mean, your practice has to be the same, as you do in the match. I do the same in practice as we do in the match. Yeah, we have an open-net session, so I imagine the field and get out of my comfort zone. I know my game and I don't do anything different"
Player of the Match: Suryakumar Yadav
Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians Captain):"I said at the toss its a good pitch to bat on. You just keep backing yourself to play those shots and all those 4 guys played pretty well.
Akash was with us last year as well and we saw the skillset he brings and all we wanted to do is give him that specific role so that his focus is on that and we told him that this is what you have to do. I know these are tough overs to bowl but he is quite confident. When I speak to him, the responses that I get from him, he's quite confident. He leads his Uttarakhand team so he's got lot of knowledge on how he wants to bowl, what sort of field placement he needs to have. Was crucial what we did at the backend to restrict them at less than 200. At one stage it was looking 220, something like that.
Last 4 games has been played here and excess of 200 has been scored. That's the nature of ground, the pitch and what I got to see this year from all the teams is that they're taking lot of risks and its coming off. That's how T20 cricket should be played as well. Times have changed. You got to keep playing those shots, keep taking those risks and that's what the batters are doing and that's why we are seeing lot of 200s being scored this tournament."
Active Catch of the Match: Cameron Green
Longest Six Hit in the Match: Ishan Kishan (102m)
Most Fours Hit in the Match: Suryakumar Yadav
Most Valuable Asset of the Match: Suryakumar Yadav
Game Changer of the Match: Suryakumar Yadav
Electric Striker of the Match: Suryakumar Yadav
11:27 PM IST | Time for the post-match presentations...
Nehal Wadhera (Mumbai Indians): "It was fun batting up in the order. Earlier I was batting down the order. I got an opportunity to bat and scored back-to-back fifties, I am happy with that. But more happier with the team's performance and the result of the match. We have played a couple of games here at Wankhede and chased comfortably these 200 totals. Again we did it. I had the confidence in me to do the job for my team and I am really happy with the way I finished the game.
Yeah, batting with Surya bhai (Suryakumar Yadav) is so much fun. I tried to copy some of his shots but cannot replicate them because those are very difficult to execute. Surya bhai is a great partner to bat with. He just said to me that if we both keep going we can pull this off way too early. I tried to play the scoop in my previous game against Chennai Super Kings. These are the ones which I am not used to playing earlier in my career. I have learnt these from Surya bhai."
Faf du Plessis (Royal Challengers Bangalore Skipper): " Yeah, I think atleast 20 runs we were short. I think looking at the context of the pitches in this season, we needed at least 220, looking at Mumbai's batting order they have a deep batting order. We didn't capitalize in the last 5 overs in our innings.
We need to play a bluff card always(Regarding his chat with his teammates after the first innings), so I said 200 is a good score and said the mates to bowl on slower. As it looked like the pace on the ball was easy to hit. We know how good a player he is(Talking about Suryakumar Yadav). He gives a headache to the captain as he hits it on every part of the ground. He is one of the greats in the game at the moment.
[Talking about Siraj] He is been fantastic, we know the nature of T20 cricket. the bowlers are under pressure always. Long batting line-ups and batters are going to come out positively."
The Mumbai Indians have sealed a fantastic win on the back of some tremendous death bowling in the first innings and then an attacking assault from Ishan Kishan, Nehal Wadhera and the man of the moment, Suryakumar Yadav.
Chasing 200, Kishan kept the majority of the strike and scored 42 in 21 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes. Skipper Rohit Sharma (7) failed yet again but after losing the openers in the same over, Yadav and Nehal Wadhera ensured they kept attacking the bowlers and added 140 runs for the third wicket.
Suryakumar scored his highest IPL score finishing at 83 in 35 balls hitting six sixes and 7 fours but was dismissed by V Vyshak in the 16th over when the target was just 8 runs away. Vyshak was on a hattrick as he removed Tim David first ball but Nehal Wadhera sealed the deal with a six and also got to his consecutive half century with that winning maximum.
Wanindu Hasaranga and Vyshak were the only wicket takers taking 2 apiece but all the bowlers were expensive. Mohammed Siraj with an economy of 10.33 was the cheapest which shows the nature of what RCB bowling attack produced tonight.
With this win, MI now join the top 4 teams placing themselves at number 3 with RCB remaining lower down the order at number 7 with 10 points to their name.
6 SIXXX!!!! That is a brutal way to finish the game! Who else than the impressive Nehal Wadhera to do the finishing job? He gets to his fifty which is his 2nd in the IPL. Back of a length outside off. Wadhera stands tall and slaps it away over extra covers for a biggie. This is some run-chase. We still don't know how much is safer at Wankhede. With this dominating win, Mumbai Indians move upwards and stay in the third position!
16.2 H Patel to N Wadhera
0 Slower shorter around the off-stump. Wadhera is too early on the pull and misses it to the keeper.
16.1 H Patel to C Green
1 Another slower full toss on the stumps. Green flicks it down to wide long-on for a single.