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Harshal Patel & ABD star in RCB’s opening day victory over MI

The defending champions opened their campaign against the Virat Kohli-led RCB in the opening match of the IPL at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. The game proved to be a fitting start to the grand tournament as it went to the wire. A complete 40 over match was played between the two teams and the RCB emerged victorious thanks to Harshal Patel & AB de Villiers. Mumbai Indians came out to bat first. Let’s have a look at how the game progressed.

Harshal Patel became the first bowler to pick up 5 wickets against MI in IPL history | Image Source: Twitter.com

THE DISASTER

In the absence of Quinton De Lock, it was Chris Lynn who opened the innings with Rohit Sharma. MI had a terribly slow start. But later Sharma and Lynn decided to switch gears and MI soon found themselves in a comfortable position. Rohit Sharma got out cheaply because of a bad call from Lynn. It was a major disaster for MI. But Chris Lynn made up for it, scoring 49 runs quickly. The newly capped SKY and Ishan Kishan also proved their quality yet again. Mumbai was comfortably cruising at a run rate of 8 at the end of the first 10 overs.

 

THE HARSHAL PATEL EFFECT

A lot was expected from Jamieson. But it was Harshal Patel who actually made an impact with the ball for RCB. He took the wickets of Kishan and Hardik Pandya when things seemed to be stabilizing for MI. Later on, Pollard came to the crease but looked extremely sloppy. The last over was a disaster for the Mumbai Indians. They lost 3 wickets of the first 5 bowls in the Harshal Patel over and Patel finished with a 5-wicket haul. He is the first player in IPL history to do it against the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai was expected to score at least 180 after the stable middle order play. However, they posted only 159 on the board.

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CAPTAIN KOHLI

Virat Kohli opened for the RCB with Washington Sundar. Kohli looked in very good form. He took the attack to the MI and started the RCB innings rapidly. Sundar failed to make a mark with the bat but most probably the entire point was to get a right and left-handed combination at the top in the absence of Devdutt Padikkal. The rookie Rajat Patidar started the game well but fell early. Glenn Maxwell came in and looked in fantastic form. He smashed the spinners all across the ground. He played as was expected from him.

 

MR. 360

Maxwell anchored the innings well. But RCB lost three wickets in quick succession and found themselves in a difficult position. The entire responsibility of seeing the te through fell on the shoulders of AB De Villiers. But this man never disappoints. AB took the team near the finish line. Marco Jansen bowled an extremely tight last over and RCB needed 1 run of the last delivery. Harshal Patel took a single to finish the match.

 

All in all, it was a very good start for RCB. MI continued its ritual of losing the opening game of their season. Both the teams will certainly improve as the season progresses. Will ‘Ee sala Cup Namde’ be true this season? Only time will answer that. Until then, stay tuned!

 

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