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Kishan's explosive 99 in vain as Saini, De Villiers inspire RCB to Super Over win
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Kishan's explosive 99 in vain as Saini, De Villiers inspire RCB to Super Over win

Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to survive a breathtaking onslaught from Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard thanks to sharp bowling from Navdeep Saini as they bagged their second win of the tournament.

The match was undecided up until the very last ball of the Super Over as RCB skipper Virat Kohli showcased nerves of steel to pierce the gap off Jasprit Bumrah to nail a boundary.

A day after Rajasthan Royals did the unthinkable in the much shorter Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Mumbai Indians came agonisingly close to completing one of the most remarkable comebacks in IPL history.

The main protagonist marshalling their stupendous fightback was young Kishan, who entered the fray at the back of an injury to Saurabh Tiwary.

Faced with the herculean task of 80 runs from the last four overs in pursuit of the improbable target of 202, Kishan and Pollard flexed their power-hitting abilities to the maximum to set up a belligerent six-hitting exhibition.

The pulverising effect of Pollard's force was first felt by Adam Zampa as the Aussie leg-spinner was taken to the cleaners for a 27-run over.

The ballistic striking continued in the next over from Yuzvendra Chahal as this time Kishan also joined in the party to plunder 22 runs from the 18th over to propel Mumbai in touching distance of the target.

The penultimate over of the chase delivered by Saini proved to be crucial as the right-arm paceman kept things quiet and gave away only one boundary to leave 18 runs to be defended in the last over.

Isuru Udana, brought into the side at the expense of Dale Steyn, began the final over well before messing up his lengths and being at the receiving end of the wrath of Kishan.

The 22-year-old blasted back-to-back sixes to bring down the equation to 5 off 2 but perished for 99 while failing to find the elevation with a meaty slog unleashed against Udana's slower one.

Kishan's dismissal allowed Pollard back on-strike as the Caribbean legend hammered a pull shot to level the scores.

The exhausted Kishan was then unavailable for Mumbai in the Super Over with Saini rattling the Pollard-Hardik Pandya duo with a series of sizzling full-length deliveries.

The eight-run target was approached cautiously for Kohli and AB de Villiers as the two got RCB over the line despite DRS drama encompassing an erroneous decision from the umpire against the Proteas star.

Earlier in the evening, it was the de Villiers storm that terrorized Mumbai in the death overs as the evergreen South African shellacked four sixes in his 24-ball 55.

De Villiers punished Bumrah and James Pattinson with his scintillating strokeplay to conclude the RCB innings with a rapid flourish.

His feisty masterclass built upon the blazing efforts from openers Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal, both of whom posted fifties on a day where Kohli scored an embarrassing 11-ball three.