In the most recent Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter, Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Delhi Capitals (DC) by five wickets, which ultimately enrolled Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the playoffs. MI’s this triumph eliminated DC from the playoffs race allowing RCB fans to celebrate the night.
At the same time as Mumbai defeated the Capitals, the Wankhede Stadium was buzzing with ‘RCB, RCB’ chants. Even the cameras marked several RCB fans rooting for the MI at the Wankhede Stadium.
Watch the clip here:
— S (@kokkilidevara) May 21, 2022
Previously, RCB also tweeted a postcard for Mumbai which read, “Hey @mipaltan, the entire RCB team will cheer for you like #OneFamily, you go #PlayBold against DC!” The franchise also altered the profile pictures of their social media handles to a blue background and its logo in front, in support of the five-time champions.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) May 21, 2022
Speaking of the game, Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field first. Jasprit Bumrah at his best again finished the season with excellent figures of 3 for 25 and a player of the match award. Bumrah and co. restricted DC batters at a score of 159 for seven. Apart from Rishabh Pant’s steady knock, Rovman Powell finished at the top, for DC.
In reply, MI with a sluggish start lost their skipper in the early overs of power play; although the teamwork later aided MI to achieve a victory. To note only a player, it was Tim David again who hit the DC bowlers at a strike rate of 300+. Though the Singaporean hitter could have gotten out on the first ball of his innings, Pant’s decision not to review the on-field umpire’s decision turned the tables around. DC finished at fifth position with 14 points in their account.
“We performed well in the second half of the season” – MI captain Rohit Sharma
Speaking about their win and overall performance, Sharma, the MI skipper stated, “We were here to win the game. I know few teams were watching us closely, but we wanted to finish on a high. We’ll try to correct the mistakes next season. It was tough after losing eight games, so we needed to rectify the mistakes. But I think we performed well in the second half of the season.”
Furthermore, Sharma in his last post-match presentation of the season quoted, “We came to the party a bit too late, but at least we can take a few positives from this tournament. Every time we go into the auction, we keep an eye on the players who will play for us in a couple of cycles. We get a few youngsters who will eventually go on and play for their country. Congrats to them (on RCB), they have qualified, I would like to wish all the four teams all the best. May the best team win.”
More to the point, RCB will face KL Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the eliminator, on May 25, at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Written by Prachi Pisal