IPL 2019, RCB vs MI: Malinga oversteps, Mumbai Indians cross line

BENGALURU : The equation was simple: RCB required 22 runs from their final two overs. Before that, they needed to see off Mumbai Indians’ irrepressible Jasprit Bumrah. Not surprisingly, he was on the mark, firing yorkers with pin-point precision. So much so that even the in-form DeVilliers, who was batting on 65, could not score of him. Bumrah conceded just five runs from the penultimate over, before prising out Colin de Grandhomme in the process. Needing 17 runs from the final over, Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube struck a thunderous six, but Malinga kept his cool to keep de Villiers’ belligerence in check.

RCB needed 7 runs from the final delivery off the match and Malinga would bowl a low full-toss to Dube which was swatted for a single. Mumbai, thus, etched out a narrow 6-run win. However, replays suggested that the final delivery was a no-ball as Malinga had overstepped the line. It was a big error in judgement on the part of the umpires. In case the umpires had got it right, RCB would have got a free-hit and altered the complexion of the game. Kohli was livid after the loss.