RCB's Moeen Ali makes half a century and takes two wickets in IPL loss

The English Moeen Ali makes half a century and takes two wickets against the Mumbai Indians, but his nice figures are not enough to fall out of the show Royal Challengers Bangalore win in IPL

  • Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore with five wickets on Monday
  • Moeen Ali hit a 32-ball 50 to help RCB to 171 for 7 at Wankhede Stadium
  • Ali then claimed the wickets of the openers Quinton De Kock and Rohit Sharma
  • But Mumbai still won with six remaining balls to keep RCB under the IPL position

The quickfire half century of Moeen Ali proved to be in vain when Royal Challengers lost Bangalore through five wickets to Indian Premier League rivals Mumbai Indians.

Ali hit five sixes and one four in a 32-ball 50 and shared a 95-run third-wicket partnership with Royal Challenger teammate AB De Villiers before he was caught by Hardik Pandya from Lasith Malinga.

South African De Villiers hit four sixes and six four for 75 of 51 episodes, but opener Parthiv Patel (28) was the only other batsman who contributed to their score when the Royal Challengers reached 171 for seven of their 20 overs.

Moeen Ali (left) hit a 32-ball 50 to help RCB to 171 for 7 but it wasn't enough against Mumbai

Moeen Ali (left) hit a 32-ball 50 to help RCB to 171 for 7 but it wasn't enough against Mumbai

Ali also took two wickets in the Mumbai Indians' reply, but the home team reached its goal of 172 for the loss of five wickets in the 19th century.

Quinton De Kock (40) and co-opener Rohit Sharma (28) were both removed by Ali, but set to 70 for the first wicket and that set up Mumbai Indians for their successful pursuit.

RCB has now lost seven of its first eight games in IPL 12 and has little chance of qualifying for the playoffs.

Ali took two wickets during the chase of Mumbai but the hosts continued to win

Ali took two wickets during the chase of Mumbai but the hosts continued to win

Ali took two wickets during the chase of Mumbai but the hosts continued to win

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