Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians in the first match of the IPL 2021 by 2 wickets. It was an extremely close game with RCB leaving the business to the last minute of the match.
Harshal Patel and AB de Villiers were the heroes for their team as their performance with the ball and bat respectively showed the way to the victory.
Mumbai Start Well but Patel Toppled the Middle Order
The first match of the IPL 14 started with Royal Challengers Bangalore winning the toss and electing to field first.
Mumbai Indians were off to a slow start, losing Rohit Sharma in the fourth over at 24-1. However, Chris Lynn and Suryakumar Yadav led the way and built a solid foundation for the defending champions.
Lynn scored a blazing 49 off 35 balls, scoring four 4s and three 6s – thus becoming the top run-scorer for MI this evening. By the time Lynn and Yadav got out, Mumbai Indians were 105-3 at 12.5 overs.
After that, Harshal Patel for RCB ripped through the opponent’s middle order, picking up 5 wickets in his four-over spell. He got the crucial wickets of Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Krunal Pandya to record his best figures in the IPL at 5-27.
Mumbai ended the innings at 159-9. Coincidentally, they ended their first match of the IPL 2020 on a similar score – 162-9 against Chennai Super Kings while batting first.
De Villiers to the Rescue Again
Despite new signings and a captain who is coming off a fine run, Royal Challengers Bangalore couldn’t get the perfect start to their innings.
Chasing 160 runs, RCB ended up losing their openers – Washington Sundar and Rajat Patidar – quite cheaply in the first six overs.
At 5.5 overs, Bangalore’s score was 46-2 with Virat Kohli and Glen Maxwell starting to put up a fight. The duo added upwards of 60 runs together before departing back to the dugout, thanks to quick wickets Jasprit Bumrah and Marco Jansen.
Shahbaz Ahmed departed within two balls, leaving the task on the shoulders of AB de Villiers and Dan Christian, with the latter stepping in at 105-6 in the 15th over.
It was still not an impossible task, scoring 55 runs in 5 overs, especially with de Villiers on the crease.
It’s as if the Protean has made a habit of himself to rescue RCB from the clutches of defeat and pull them to the winning side.
He played smart, confident innings and positioned the team to win, scoring 48 off 27 balls.
Patel Brings it Home
Despite being in a comfortable position, there was still some drama to be had in the match. It all came down to the wire in the last over when De Villiers got run out in the fourth ball.
The ask was 2 off 2 balls with Patel and Mohammad Siraj on the pitch. Bangalore were 158-8 and the game could still go either way.
Thankfully, Patel also batted with confidence – just as well as he bowled. His 4 off 3 took RCB to a winning start in the Indian Premier League 2021.
For Mumbai, Bumrah and Jansen took a couple of wickets each.
Next on the docket, we have Chennai Super Kings face last year’s runner-ups Delhi Capitals on Saturday.