- Harshal Patel’s hat-trick and four-wicket haul help RCB win against MI.
- Glenn Maxwell led the way with a fifty and a two-wicket haul, while Chahal took three wickets.
- RCB currently stands third on the points table with 12 points, while MI are seventh with eight points.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) by 54 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday, courtesy to hat-trick hero Harshal Patel and Glen Maxwell. Harshal Patel (4-17) shined with the ball for RCB, dismissing Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Rahul Chahar on three successive deliveries in the 17th over to turn the tide in the favour of Virat Kohli-led side.
Glen Maxwell was yet another hero for the RCB, as after scoring a half-century (56), the Australian went on to take two crucial wickets with the ball in hand. Virat Kohli, the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, also hit a half-century in the match.
Mumbai Indians got off to a good start in chasing the target of 166, with openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock and baffling RCB bowlers throughout the first powerplay. After six overs, the pair had collected 56 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal struck a crucial breakthrough for the RCB in the seventh over, knocking Quinton de Kock for 24 runs.
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MI felt the heat in the middle overs with spinners on both ends. Glen Maxwell struck in the 10th over for RCB, dismissing the dangerous-looking MI skipper Rohit Sharma. Sharma returned to the field after earning 43 runs in 28 balls. In the following over,
Ishan Kishan was removed by Yuzvendra Chahal after the MI batsman mistimed a slog. With runs in scarcity, wickets continued to fall for Mumbai Indians (MI), as Glenn Maxwell hit down again in the 14th over. Krunal Pandya was clean bowled by the Australian all-rounder for 5 runs off 11 balls.
In the 15th over, Mohammed Siraj entered the wicket-taking club by dismissing Suryakumar Yadav (8 off 9). Harshal Patel snuffed out MI’s aspirations in the 17th over of the game with an amazing hattrick. Patel completed his hat-trick by dismissing Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Rahul Chahar as the reigning champions suffered a shocking collapse.
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In the next over, Yuzvendra Chahal secured his third wicket of the match. Patel then knocked out Adam Milne in the last over to end MI’s innings. Virat Kohli and Glen Maxwell had earlier helped the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a score of 165/6.
For the RCB, Glenn Maxwell batted 56 runs and Virat Kohli batted 51 runs. K.S Bharat also contributed a crucial 32-run innings for the team in red. Mumbai Indians’ Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets, while Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar and Trent Boult, each took one. When sent in to bat first, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had a good start, hitting 48 runs in the opening six overs while losing just one wicket. Devdutt Padikkal was nabbed by Jasprit Bumrah in the powerplay while bowling the second over.
The RCB batsman was edged out by Quinton de Kock. Virat Kohli and K.S Bharat boosted the Royal Challengers Bangalore innings, racing to a 51-run partnership in 31 balls. In the ninth over, Rahul Chahar delivered the much-needed breakthrough for MI, as Bharat walked back for 32 off 25 after being caught at deep cover. Glen Maxwell then joined the RCB skipper on the field, and the two helped to stabilise the squad in red’s innings. Virat Kohli resumed his rampage, scoring his second straight IPL half-century in the 15th over of the game. However, the RCB skipper was unable to benefit on his good start, as he was caught on deep in the very next over and returned to the pavilion.
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After a superb inning of 51 off 42 balls, Adam Milne sent Kohli to the dressing room. Maxwell then smashed his fifty off 33 balls and three sixes in the 18th over of the contest. Bumrah, who was bowling the last over, dismissed Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers on two successive deliveries.
Glenn Maxwell made his way back to the pavilion after collecting 56 runs from 37 balls. Shahbaz Ahmed was the final RCB player to be dismissed, bowled by Trent Boult in the final over. The RCB innings finished with a score of 165/6.