England’s Moeen Ali makes a half-century and takes two wickets against Mumbai Indians but his fine figures are not enough to see out-of-form Royal Challengers Bangalore win in IPL
- Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets on Monday
- Moeen Ali hit a 32-ball 50 to help RCB to 171 for 7 at the Wankhede Stadium
- Ali then claimed the wickets of openers Quinton De Kock and Rohit Sharma
- But Mumbai still won with six balls left to keep RCB bottom of the IPL standings
Moeen Ali’s quickfire half-century proved in vain as Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to Indian Premier League rivals Mumbai Indians by five wickets.
Ali hit five sixes and a four in a 32-ball 50 and shared a 95-run third-wicket partnership with Royal Challengers team-mate AB De Villiers before being caught by Hardik Pandya off Lasith Malinga.
South African De Villiers struck four sixes and six fours for 75 off 51 deliveries but opener Parthiv Patel (28) was the only other batsman to contribute to their score as the Royal Challengers reached 171 for seven off their 20 overs.
Moeen Ali (left) hit a 32-ball 50 to help RCB to 171 for 7 but it was not enough against Mumbai
Ali also took two wickets in Mumbai Indians’ reply, but the home side reached their target of 172 for the loss of five wickets in the 19th over.
Quinton De Kock (40) and fellow opener Rohit Sharma (28) were both removed by Ali, but they put on 70 for the first wicket and that set up Mumbai Indians for their successful run chase.
RCB have now lost seven of their first eight game in IPL 12 and have little chance of qualifying for the play-offs.
Ali took two wickets during Mumbai’s chase but the hosts went on to win with an over to spare