MI vs RCB: The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League is heading towards its business end. Every game is important in the contest for qualification for the playoffs. Another high-voltage clash took place on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium. It was Mumbai Indians who locked horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore on their way to the playoffs. It was a high-scoring contest, but MI made a mockery of the 200-run target set by RCB. They chased down the mammoth with 21 balls to spare.

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It started with MI winning the toss and electing to bowl first. RCB had a poor start and lost the first two wickets for just 16 runs. Virat Kohli (1) and Anuj Rawat (6) got out cheaply. But then came an extraordinary partnership between Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell for the third wicket. Both batters added 120 runs in just 10.1 overs. Maxwell scored 68 off 33, with eight fours and four sixes, while Du Plessis scored 65 off 41, with five fours and three sixes.

MI vs RCB: Mumbai Indians registered “all-time” IPL record with a chase vs RCB

MI vs RCB: Mumbai Indians Shatter Two Massive IPL Records With 200-Run Chase vs RCB
MI vs RCB: Mumbai Indians Shatter Two Massive IPL Records With 200-Run Chase vs RCB

In the end, Dinesh Karthik played a cameo of 30 off 18 to help RCB reach a challenging score of 199/6. Chasing the target, MI had a decent start, and both openers added 51 runs in 4.4 overs. The MI skipper, Rohit Sharma, looked struggling and got out to another single-digit score (8). Ishan Kishan played a quick inning of 42 off 21. Mumbai lost two wickets in the fifth over to Wanindu Hasaranga.

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But that was the only moment when RCB came back into the game. Because after that, Suryakumar Yadav and Nehal Wadhera took the game away from them. Both batters recorded MI’s highest partnership against RCB in the IPL and added 140 runs off just 64 balls. Suryakumar went berserk and showed the full range of his shots. He smashed an 83 off just 35, with seven fours and six sixes at a strike rate of 237.14. Wadhera also played an unbeaten knock of 52 off 34 to take MI home.

With this win, Mumbai has collected two important points and moved up to third place. On the other hand, MI also registered their third chase of 200 or more this season. They became the first team to chase 200 or more thrice in a single season of the IPL. PBKS in 2014 and CSK in 2018 have done it twice. MI has also chased down the target of 200 or more in the quickest time with 21 balls to spare, surpassing DC’s record. Delhi chased down 208 against the Gujarat Lions in 2017 with 15 balls to spare.

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