Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians by two wickets in the opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Friday. Mumbai scored 159 for nine after being invited to bat first. RCB won by scoring 160 runs for eight wickets.

Harshal Patel’s five-wicket haul Vs Mumbai Indians IPL 2021

Harshal Patel’s five-wicket haul and AB de Villiers’s 48-run catchy innings played in the odd conditions saw Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take two wickets to defending champions Mumbai Indians in a thrilling opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Friday.

After the dismissals of captain Virat Kohli (33 off 29 balls, four fours) and Glenn Maxwell (39 off 28 balls, three fours, two sixes), when the RCB team looked in trouble, de Villiers hit four fours in 27 balls and With the help of two sixes, he played a crucial innings and took the score to 160 runs for eight wickets.

Chris Lynn missed the 50 vs RCB IPL 2021

Mumbai Indians had scored 159 runs for nine wickets. Opener Chris Lynn (49 off 35 balls, four fours, three sixes) and Suryakumar Yadav (31 off 23 balls, four fours, one six) did good partnership.

But RCB bowlers did not allow him to score big despite not getting help from fielders. Only 25 runs were scored in the last four overs. Patel gave only one run and took three wickets in the last over of the innings. He gave his best with five wickets for 27 runs.

Apart from him, Mohammad Siraj (four overs 22 runs) and Kyle Jameson (one for 27) also bowled well.RCB sent Washington Sundar to open the innings with Kohli due to Devdutt Padikkal not being able to play due to health reasons but his bet did not work.

Washington Sundar opend the inning With Kohli IPL 2021

Sundar could not take advantage of his life and could only score 10 runs off 16 balls. Rajat Patidar (eight), Trent Boult did not allow a good start in the IPL. Bolt and Krunal Pandya initially put pressure on the batsmen and also took wickets.

Maxwell, who was craving for a six last season, hit a 100-meter-long six in Krunal’s last over and then sent a ball from Rahul Chahar for six. When Kohli and Maxwell were threatening Mumbai, Rohit Sharma handed the ball to Jaspreet Bumrah (2 for 26). He lived up to his captain’s expectations by lbw to Kohli.

Marco Jenson (2 for 28), who came as a change, increased RCB’s problems by catching Maxwell in the hands of Lynn. Shahbaz Ahmed, who was sent in the upper order as an experiment, could not even walk. RCB needed 54 runs off the last 30 balls. De Villiers narrowed the gap with a four and a six over Rahul Chahar.

In such a situation, Bumrah then took the ball and Chahar took a great catch by Dan Christian (one). De Villiers, however, kept the match exciting with a six and a four on the bolt. 15 runs scored in this over. He also set a seven-run target for the last over by hitting two boundaries on Bumrah.

De Villiers’s run out kept the thrill of the match, but today was Patel’s day and he managed to score a winning run off Jenson’s last ball of the match. Earlier, Mumbai made a comfortable start by batting first after losing the toss. Captain Rohit (19 off 15 balls) hit Yuzvendra Chahal, who took the ball in the fourth over, but was run out immediately. Lynn pioneered the innings with Suryakumar.

He attempted to blunt the RCB spin attack by hitting sixes on Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed. Suryakumar’s six hit on the ball pitched on Kyle Jameson’s leg stump was visible but the bowler immediately caught him by wicketkeeper de Villiers.Sunder, who usually bowled in the powerplay, took the ball in the 13th over and in his first over, Lynn was caught waving in the air and prevented him from completing his half-century. Lynn’s long shot was floating in the air with the edge of the bat.

Hardik Pandya (13 off 10 balls) could not do anything amazing. Harshal Patel lbw to him on a low-footed fulltoss. Patel then lambasted Ishan Kishan (28 off 19 balls) to Kagbadha and Krunal Pandya (seven) and Kieran Pollard (seven) were caught at the boundary line. Jenson did not allow Patel to become a hat-trick but he bowled him on the next ball.

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