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IPL 2024, MI vs RCB Match Criminals - Maxwell, Siraj and Topley Join Forces In A Disastrous Show By RCB

Mumbai Indians defeated RCB by seven wickets [iplt20.com]Mumbai Indians defeated RCB by seven wickets [iplt20.com]

The Mumbai Indians' IPL 2024 campaign has officially started. After losing their first three games, the five-time champions have revived themselves with two convincing victories against the Delhi Capitals and the Royal Challengers Bengaluru. 

In their most recent home game against RCB, the Mumbai Indians displayed their dominance, decimating the opposition's bowling to chase a target of 197 runs in just 15.3 overs, losing only three wickets. The driving force behind this remarkable feat was Ishan Kishan, who set the stage with a blistering 69 off 34 balls. Suryakumar Yadav's 52 off 19 balls further fuelled the Mumbai Indians' race to 198. 

So, where did RCB falter in this match? Was their score on the board too low for the wicket? Or was their bowling lineup too vulnerable to defend the total?

1.Poor effort in the powerplays

If we look at the two teams' powerplay scores, we will get a clear idea of who finally went wrong for RCB. The Royal Challengers scored 44/2 in their first six overs, whereas the Mumbai Indians put 72/0 in the same phase. 

The Wankhede wicket is known to be a batting heaven, but it also provides some movement with the new ball. While the MI bowlers extracted what little was available from the pitch with their lengths, the RCB opening bowlers failed to do so. 

2. Failure of Reece Topley and Mohammed Siraj as the main bowling duo

Reece Topley and Mohammed Siraj were the leading bowlers for RCB, and they expected them to pick up some early wickets. Instead, the duo gave away 71 runs in their six overs and failed to strike even once in the game. In comparison, the two main bowlers of MI, Coetzee and Bumrah, conceded 63 runs in 8 overs and picked up six wickets. This stark difference in the bowling effort of the two sets of main bowlers put RCB way behind in the match. 

3. The All-round failure of Glenn Maxwell

A flat deck, a wicket where he scored an ODI double hundred when he last batted, and the stage just set for his batting - the expectations were high on the Australian superstar, Glenn Maxwell. But what did he deliver at this stage? A duck from four balls. The departure of Maxwell resulted in a loss of momentum in RCB innings, which cost 20-30 runs while setting the target. 

Maxwell has often proved himself a handy bowler, and keeping that in mind, Faf du Plessis handed him the ball in the sixth over. The expectation was that he would break the partnership or, at the least, bring the scoring rate down. Instead, Maxy fed Ishan Kishan short deliveries and was taken to the cleaners. He conceded 17 runs in that over and impeded the MI innings, which RCB failed to control.