Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) registered a terrific win over Mumbai Indians (MI) by 54 runs in Match 39 of IPL 2021 on Sunday in Dubai as the defending champions collapsed from 57/0 to 111 all-out.
Chasing 166, Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock started in blistering fashion with a flurry of boundaries against RCB pacers racing to 51 in 5 overs. De Kock’s (24 off 23) dismissal by Yuzvendra Chahal in the 7th over didn’t deter Sharma to wallop Glenn Maxwell for a big six over mid-wicket; however, he got out to the same bowler in the 10th over for 43 off 28.
MI’s chase went further off the tracks: Chahal struck with Ishan Kishan’s (9 off 12) scalp; Maxwell bowled Krunal Pandya (5 off 11); Suryakumar Kumar (8 off 9) was dismissed by Mohammed Siraj.
Then came the Harshal Patel hat-trick: he had Hardik Pandya (3 off 6) and Kieron Pollard (7 off 10), effectively ending MI’s challenge, before trapping Rahul Chahar lbw for a golden duck. Chahal and Patel then cleaned up the remaining two wickets as well.
Earlier, after Rohit Sharma had won the toss and elected to bowl first, MI gained a good start to the encounter as Jasprit Bumrah nicked off Devdutt Padikkal. Virat Kohli, on the other end, however, batted in a gung-ho approach carting around the MI bowlers, and RCB ended the powerplay at 48/1.
KS Bharat too joined in the fun with two fours and two sixes of his own before getting out to Rahul Chahar in the 9th over. For the next six overs, the pair of Kohli and Glenn Maxwell rained boundaries in Dubai, with the latter unleashing his reverse sweep for two huge sixes over point
The RCB skipper raised his fifty but had slowed down as his innings progressed and got out for 51 off 42 in the 16th over to Adam Milne. AB de Villiers started off with a six and four off Bumrah before Maxwell hammered Milne for 17 runs in the 18th over bringing up his fifty.
Bumrah, then single-handedly put brakes on the run-scoring with the wickets of Maxwell and de Villiers on consecutive deliveries in the 19th over. Trent Boult conceded just 3 in the last over, halting RCB to 165.
Earlier in the day a last-ball thriller ended in the Chennai Super Kings’ favor as they defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi by 2 wickets.