Indian Premier League is known for its competitiveness ever since its birth in 2008. And as this year’s edition marches towards its business end, we are seeing teams fighting for those elusive play-offs places. This year’s competition has been played in good spirits in general amid the pandemic but still there were some instances when nerves got better of some of the players on the field. One of those incidents occurred during yesterday’s match between MI and RCB.
Now things were pretty tight when Chris Morris came on to bowl the penultimate over in MI’s chase. He delivered a ball in the slot and that was perfectly in Hardik Pandya’s hitting arc. As a result, the ball went sailing over the mid-wicket boundary for a magnificent six to bring the equation down to run a ball for Mumbai Indians.
But after that delivery, Chris Morris said something to Hardik Pandya about which he was not so happy. Hardik Pandya was also seen giving it back to the South African after that six. On the next ball, Chris Morris managed to have Hardik Pandya caught at cover. The altercation didn’t seem to stop after that also as Hardik Pandya said something very aggressively towards RCB players and umpires also got involved as he was walking towards the dugout.
The encounter between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore was crucial for the fortunes of both the sides sitting comfortably at top of the table. Batting first, RCB were restricted only to 164 runs after they were set for a much bigger total. Jasprit Bumrah pegged them back in the middle and death overs with his 3 scalps while Devdutt Padikkal slammed an impressive 74.
In reply, Suryakumar Yadav looked like a man on the mission as he put on a spectacle with shots all round the park. He made an eye-catching 79* and helped MI to chase down the target with a relative ease in the end. Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya also chipped in with valuable contributions as MI became the first team to reach to 16 points in the competition.