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IPL 2020: MI vs RCB: Suryakumar Yadav blasts off MI to victory against RCB by 5 wickets

Suryakumar Yadav remained undefeated with his fiery knock of 79 runs

In the 48th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 5 wickets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Suryakumar Yadav was on fire tonight with his brilliant knock of 79 runs off 43 balls allowing MI, to successfully chase down RCB's target of 165 runs. Aided by Devdutt Padikkal's impressive innings of 74 runs off 45 balls, RCB gave a decent target of 165 runs for the MI to chase tonight. Jasprit Bumrah shined for the MI tonight with him grabbing 3 wickets in his spells of 4 overs at an economy rate of 3.50. While Mumbai Indians stand at the pinnacle of the points table of the 13th edition of IPL, Royal Challengers, despite their loss tonight, stands comfortably at the 2nd position in the points table of IPL 2020.

Skipper Kieron Pollard won the toss and elected to field first. Royal Challengers Bangalore had a good start aided by openers Josh Philippe and Devdutt Padikkal playing a brilliant partnership tonight with Phillippe's 33 runs off 24, and Padikkal's 74 runs off 45 balls knocks. However, the rest of the batting line-up disappointed RCB tonight with early wickets of its batting line-up. While skipper Virat Kohli lost his wicket after making 9 runs, AB de Villiers made 15 runs off 12 balls tonight. Shivam Dube and Chris Morris also departed early for the RCB tonight. With the help of Gurkeerat Singh and Washington Sundar's undefeated knocks of 14 and 10 runs, respectively, RCB gave a decent target of 165 runs for the MI to chase tonight. Jasprit Bumrah grabbed eyeballs with his destructive bowling for the MI tonight. Bumrah remained the most economical bowler in his spell of 4 overs while also taking 3 crucial wickets for the MI tonight.

Mumbai Indians had an average start with a sublime partnership between openers Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan. While de Cock made 18 runs off 19 balls, Kishan played an innings of 25 runs off 19 balls tonight. After the fall of the duo, Suryakumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwari came to the crease to chase down the target given by RCB tonight. While Tiwari lost his wicket in the early after making just 5 runs off 8 balls, Yadav played aggressively with his fiery yet undefeated knock of 79 runs off 43 balls aided by 3 sixes and 10 fours. Krunal Pandya failed to support MI with the bat with his early wicket after making just 10 runs tonight. Hardik Pandya came to support Yadav with his quick cameo of 17 runs off 15 balls allowing MI to chase down the target given by RCB in the 20th over. Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal remained successful in grabbing 2 wickets each for the RCB tonight in their respective spells.

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