Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers’s Bangalore managed to get past the line with two wickets in hand against the Mumbai Indians in a nail-biting season opener of IPL 2021. Harshal Patel‘s fifer helped a lot to restrict Mumbai and he remained not out until the chase completed and deservedly won the man of the match.
AB Devilliers’s blinder of an innings had a major impact on RCB’s win with a 48 run knock of 27 deliveries. He studied the ship when RCB almost collapsed and he was unfortunate to be dismissed run out. Here are 3 masterstrokes by Virat Kohli that helped RCB in beating MI.
3 Masterstrokes By Virat Kohli That Helped RCB In Beating Mumbai Indians:
Playing Harshal Patel Ahead Of Navdeep Saini:
Virat Kohli opted to play Harshal Patel ahead of Navdeep Saini and the All-rounder Harshal Patel exploited the slow pitch to his advantage and brought all the variations up his sleeve to get ahead of the batsman. He almost picked up a hat trick in the 20th overs with three wickets in four deliveries and got his first five-wicket haul in his IPL career.
He finished with figures of five wickets for just 27 runs and by chipping in with regular wickets, he stopped the run flow at one end. Mumbai found it hard to hit him and eventually managed to get only 160 on the board which once looked like getting to 180 easily. Kohli’s decision indeed worked in the favour of RCB and Harshal Patel provides a batting option down the order too.