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Patel, de Villiers help RCB win last-ball thriller

Harshal Patel have starred both with ball and bat, as Royal Challengers Bangalore made a winning start to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, beating the defending champions Mumbai Indians by 2 wickets in a last-ball thriller in Chennai.

Needing 1 run off the last ball of the match of Marco Jansen, Patel nudged the ball to short fine and took a single to seal the match. This is the second time for RCB to win off the last ball in run chases.

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But before Patel, it was AB de Villiers who played a big role in ensuring that RCB were still in the game. Needing 34 runs to win from 18 balls, de Villiers decided to show Trent Boult a glimpse of what he is capable of, smashing one four, one six in a 15-run 17th over to bring the match back into his side’s reach.

In the following over off Jasprit Bumrah, de Villiers took 11 runs in the first four balls before Kyle Jamieson was run out in the penultimate delivery of the over.

Then in the final over of the match, RCB needed 7 runs to win. Patel and de Villiers managed to take 4 runs from the first three deliveries, before de Villiers was run out in the fourth ball while trying to convert a single into a double.

But eventually, it was Mohammad Siraj and Patel, who kept their calm to pick up 2 runs off the last two deliveries to help their team sail to victory. Since the 2012 season, Mumbai Indians failed to win each of their tournament openers.

For RCB, de Villiers was the top-scorer with 48 off just 27 balls, hitting 4 fours and a couple of sixes. Glenn Maxwell, playing his first match for the franchise, was also on top of his game, as he made 39 off 28 balls with the help of 3 fours and 2 sixes. Captain Virat Kohli looked good in his 29-ball-39 with 4 fours, before being lbw by Bumrah.

For Mumbai, Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets for 26 while Marco Jansen grabbed as many wickets conceding 28 runs. Trent Boult and Krunal Pandya took one wicket apiece.

Earlier in the match after being sent to bat first, the defending champions were restricted to 159 for 9 in their 20 overs, thanks to Harshal Patel’s career best figures of 5-27.

Playing his 49th IPL match, and 97th T20 fixture overall, this was the first time the right-arm seamer picked up a five-wicket haul. He also became the first bowler ever in the history of the tournament to have taken five wickets against Mumbai Indians.

After conceding just 4 runs alongside picking up the wicket of Ishan Kishan in the 18th over, Patel took three wickets, of Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Marco Jansen, in the 20th over while giving away just one run. Such extraordinary bowling performance from Patel meant Mumbai were able to acquire just 25 runs in the last four overs, their lowest since 2016.

Apart from Patel, Washington Sundar took one for 7 runs and debutant Kyle Jamieson one for 27 runs, while Mohammad Siraj was economical in his four overs, giving away just 22 runs.

For Mumbai Indians, opener Chris Lynn was the top-scorer, making 49 off 35 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes. Suryakumar Yadav scored 31 off 23 balls with 4 fours and a six, while Ishan Kishan made 28 off 18 balls, hitting two boundaries and clearing the boundary once.

The Virat Kohli-led side will next face 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad at the same venue in Chennai on April 14 while Rohit Sharma and Co. will take on two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders a day before at Chepauk.

Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 159/9 in 20 overs (Lynn 49, Yadav 31; Patel 5/27) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 160/8 in 20 overs (de Villiers 48, Maxwell 39; Bumrah 2/26) by 2 wickets. 

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