RCB seamers pull the rug from under Mumbai

The Royal Challengers Bangalore defended a total of 167 at the Chinnaswamy against the Mumbai Indians on Tuesday thanks to a great effort from their seamers.

The Mumbai franchise won the toss and put Virat Kohli’s RCB in to bat first.

Quinton de Kock (7) fell early but Manan Vohra (45) and Brendon McCullum (37) kickstarted the innings getting the Royal Challengers to 43 for 1 by the end of the powerplay.

Virat Kohli (32) struggled to get going on a sluggish pitch but some late hitting from Colin de Grandhomme (23 off 10 balls) gave the home side something to bowl at.

Hardik Pandya did some damage late on with the slog on taking 3 for 28 while Jasprit Bumrah was economical and returned figures of 1 for 22 from his four overs.

Defending a low total the RCB seamers struck early to peg back the Mumbai Indians with Tim Southee sending Ishan Kishan packing for a first ball duck at the end of the first over.

Suryakumar Yadav (9) was then accounted for by his fast bowling namesake Umesh Yadav leg before.

The India quick immediately removed the Mumbai Indians main gun Rohit Sharma (0) first ball nicking off.

JP Duminy (23) tried to rebuild the innings but he would be run out before the Pandya brothers came together to give the visitors some hope.

Hardik struck a fifty as the pair added 56 for the sixth wicket but Mohammad Siraj would have Krunal (23) caught at point of the leading edge of an attempted ramp and then Southee returned to bowl the final over with 25 needed.

Southee (2/25) removed Hardik and with him all hopes of victory faded for the Mubai outfit they would lose by 14 runs.