IPL 2018, MI v RCB: Mitchell McClenaghan's 2nd over is SK Turning Point of the match
After three heartbreakingly tight losses, the Mumbai Indians finally managed to clinch their first win of the season against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday (April 17). The hosts snatched a 46-run victory from Virat Kohli's team in the 14th match of the tournament.
After winning the toss, RCB got off to a flying start when Umesh Yadav scalped two wickets off the first two deliveries of the game. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan had to return to the pavilion without troubling the scorers and the visitors were all over Rohit Sharma and his men.
However, the home side made a terrific comeback in the innings to post an above par total of 213-6, courtesy a blistering knock of 94 off just 52 deliveries.
Kohli and de Kock initiated their batting innings on a solid note and put up 40 runs in four overs for the first wicket. With batsmen like AB de Villiers and Corey Anderson still in the shed, RCB were setting themselves up for a strong chase.
However, Mitchell McClenaghan was brought to bowl for the second time in the innings thereafter and his over proved to be the turning point of the match.
He struck off the very first delivery, disturbing the woodwork behind De Kock's wicket, thereby dismissing the South African for a score of 19 off 12 balls. The left-hander was then replaced by another Proteas batsman, as de Villiers made his way into the middle.
His stay at the crease wasn't extensive, though. McClenaghan got another scalp to his name in the same over, when the right-handed batsman hoiked it over mid-wicket. However, he could not clear the ropes and the ball nestled right into the hands of Hardik Pandya, who was strategically positioned at deep mid-wicket.
This was a severe blow to RCB's chances of pulling off an away victory, and ultimately, they could not climb out of the hole they had dug themselves in.
After losing four consecutive tosses and capitulating to three back-to-back defeats, MI will be glad to finally get a win under their belt this year. The defending champions will now travel to Jaipur for a clash against the Rajasthan Royals on Sunday (April 22). Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, will host the Delhi Daredevils the day before.