Mumbai Indians (MI) beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to secure the battle for the top of the table, winning the match by five wickets with five balls to spare. Even though RCB looked poised to set a huge target, MI's bowlers were able to stem the bleeding and the other half of the lineup cantered to a comfortable chase.
MI cement their place at the top of the IPL points table, with eight wins in 12 games. They've secured their spot in the playoffs, with RCB, who now have seven wins in 12 games, still hanging at second place.
After losing the toss and being put in to bat, RCB got off to an excellent start with Josh Philippe (33) and Devdutt Paddikal (74 off 45 balls). However, the vaunted middle-order starting with captain Virat Kohli failed to produce much as Jasprit Bumrah (3/14) and Kieron Pollard (1/5) ground the momentum to a half and kept the score to 164.
MI's openers saw off the powerplay before getting out, leaving Suryakumar Yadav (79* off 43) to carry the team on his back. Even though wickets fell at the other end, Dale Steyn's reintroduction (0/43) into the bowling attack was ineffective and surrendered the match.
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