Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed five-time champions Mumbai Indians by 54 runs in a crucial match of the Indian Premier League here on Sunday with a hat-trick from Harshal Patel and an all-round performance from Glenn Maxwell.
Captain Virat Kohli’s 51 runs (42 balls, three fours, three sixes) followed by Maxwell’s half-century of 56 runs (37 balls, six fours, three sixes) led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a respectable 165 for six. Scored up.
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The bowlers again performed brilliantly for RCB with ‘purple cap’ Dhari Patel taking four for 17 while scoring a hat-trick. Apart from him, Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets for 11 runs. After excellent batting, Maxwell took two important wickets for 23 runs in his four overs.
Due to this, the team of defending champions Mumbai Indians was reduced to 111 runs in 18.1 overs. Interestingly, Patel had taken five wickets against Mumbai Indians in the first leg of this IPL season in India.
With this win, RCB have 12 points and remain in third place. Mumbai Indians have slipped to the seventh position after this defeat. Mumbai Indians got off to a brilliant start with skipper Rohit Sharma (43 runs from 28 balls, five fours and a six) and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock making 56 runs without losing a wicket in the powerplay. But in the very next over, De Kock (24 runs, 23 balls, four fours) was playing cautiously against Chahal’s leg spin but he was once again out on his delivery, which was caught by Maxwell on the run. This is the fifth time that de Kock has been a victim of Chahal.
Ishaan Kishan is not in form, he was at the crease. Kishan picked up Maxwell’s ball and hit it directly in the hand of Rohit standing at the other end. This was causing a lot of trouble to Rohit and he had to take the services of a physio. He prepared to bat but gave Maxwell a wicket on the next ball.
Mumbai’s score was 79 for two after 10 overs. Then Mumbai Indians now needed a good partnership but it did not happen. After this the team kept losing wickets and the entire team was bundled out for 111 runs. Chahal’s googly did wonders, who made Kishan (09) his second victim and scored 81 runs for three wickets. Maxwell then removed the off-stump of Krunal Pandya (05) to reduce the score of Mumbai Indians to 93 for four.
Kieron Pollard came out to bat at the crease with Suryakumar Yadav (08). Maxwell’s ball hit Pollard’s pad and there was a strong appeal, but after the umpire’s refusal, Kohli took a review, on which the ‘not out’ decision of the umpire was upheld. Pressure was mounting on Mumbai Indians and Suryakumar played a poor shot and was dismissed by Mohammad Siraj. The ball touched his bat and went into the hands of Chahal at third man. Mumbai Indians’ troubles were increasing and Hardik Pandya came out to bat who, playing only six balls, caught Kohli in an attempt to play Patel’s delivery to the leg-side. Patel bowled Pollard (07) on the next ball. Then on a hat-trick ball, he dismissed Rahul Chahar leg before. Chahal then took his third wicket in Jasprit Bumrah and Patel dismissed Adam Milne to end Mumbai’s innings.
Earlier, after being invited to bat, Kohli was aggressive from the start, hitting a lucrative six off Trent Boult in the second ball of the innings, bowling very economical, taking 17 for 17 in four overs. Bumrah (3/36 in four overs) gave Mumbai Indians their first breakthrough. In the very second over, opener Devdutt Padikkal reached the pavilion without opening the account. An over later, Kohli also completed his 10,000 runs in T20 cricket (international, domestic and franchise) by hitting Bumrah for a six. He has become the fifth and first Indian batsman to do so.
In this way, RCB scored 48 runs for one wicket in the powerplay. Wicket-keeper batsman Shrikar Bharat also took inspiration from his captain and scored 32 runs in 24 balls which included two fours and as many sixes. Bharat hit both the sixes of his innings on Rahul Chahar (1 for 33) but the same bowler ended his innings. After hitting Chahar for the second six, he was caught by Suryakumar Yadav in deep cover on the next ball, which also ended the 68-run partnership of the second wicket.
In the same over, Hardik Pandya missed the opportunity to dismiss Kohli and missed a simple catch. Now Maxwell came to the crease and the team scored 82 for two in 10 overs. Kohli completed his half-century during this period. He and Maxwell shared a similar partnership of 51 runs for the third wicket.
But Adam Milne broke the partnership in the 16th over by dismissing RCB captain Kohli. AB de Villiers (11) also showed his intentions as soon as he came and sent the second ball for a six, which made Bumrah 13 runs in this over. Then Maxwell completed his half-century in the next over in addition to scoring 17 runs with two fours and a six. But Bumrah took important wickets of both the frozen batsman Maxwell and the dangerous looking de Villiers in the 19th over, otherwise the score could have been bigger.