Virat Kohli's RCB dished out a clinical performance to thrash IPL champions Mumbai Indians by 54 runs in Dubai. Catch highlights here.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 54 runs
Four for Harshal Patel. Adam Milne bowled. And a resounding win for RCB. MI - 111 (18.1); RCB - 165/6 (20).
Royal Challengers Bangalore completed a league double over defending champions Mumbai Indians with a stunning 54-run win at Dubai. After posting a 165/6, they dismissed MI for 111 in 18.1 overs. And the heroes of the match are Glenn Maxwell (56 runs and two wickets) and Patel (four wickets, including a hat-trick). The result means that MI have now lost three matches on the trot since 2018.
Third wicket for Yuzvendra Chahal. He cleans up Jasprit Bumrah for 5 off 6. Mumbai need 55 runs in 15 balls. MI - 111/9 (17.3).
And what! We have a hat-trick. Rahul Chahar is trapped in front, for a golden duck. MI - 106/8 (16.3).
Harshal Patel on the hat-trick. He cleans up Kieron Pollard. What a delivery. Pollard gone for 7 off 10. Mumbai need 60 runs in 22 balls.
Harshal Patel removes Hardik Pandya (3 off 6). Caught by Virat Kohli. Adam Milne is the new man for Mumbai. They need 60 in 23.
Another tidy over from RCB, this time Daniel Christian conceding only 6. MI scored 12 runs in the last three. But they still have Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. They need 61 runs in 24 balls. MI - MI 106/5 (16)
Suryakumar Yadav's poor form continues. Gone for 8 off 9, first wicket for Mohammed Siraj, in his third over. Yuzvedra Chahal takes the catch at short third man. Mumbai need 69 runs in 35. MI - 97/5 (14.1)
A glimpse from what happened a little earlier, just before Rohit Sharma holed out. An Ishan Kishan drive hit him on the left hand in the 10th over.
Pic courtesy: BCCI-IPL
Another one for Glenn Maxwell. He cleans up Krunal Pandya (5 off 11). Kieron Pollard is the new man for Mumbai. They need 73 runs in 41 balls. MI - 93/4 (13.1).
Second wicket for Yuzvendra Chahal. Ishan Kishan goes for 9 off 12, caught by Harshal Patel. Krunal Pandya joins Suryakumar Yadav in the middle. MI - 81/3 (10.3)
Glenn Maxwell removes Rohit Sharma (43 off 28), caught by Devdutt Padikkal at long on. Suryakumar Yadav is the new man for Mumbai. MI - 79/2 (10)
39 runs and one wicket in the last five overs. Rohit Sharma (41 off 25) has so far hit five fours and a six. Ishan Kishan (6 off 7) is giving him company. MI - 75/1 (9); RCB - 165/6 (20)
Yuzvendra Chahal strikes first over. He's now dismissed Quinton de Kock (24 off 23), caught by Glenn Maxwell, five times in seven innings. Ishan Kishan joins Rohit Sharma. MI - 58/1 (7).
Harshal Patel slips on his delivery stride. He's fine and continues. Five from his first over. Rohit Sharma (29 off 17) and Quinton de Kock (24 off 20) in control. MI - 56/0 (6); RCB - 165/6
Kyle Jamieson on with his second over and he leaks 17 as Rohit Sharma (18 off 10) hits three fours on the trot. MI - 27/0 (3); RCB - 165/6 (20)
Five runs from the first over -- three singles and a couple as Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock get off to a cautious start.
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock to open. Kyle Jamieson with the new ball. Target 166.
MI captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and put RCB in to bat. Glenn Maxwell top-scored with a 37-ball 56 and along with Virat Kohli, who scored his 42nd IPL fifty helped RCB post 165/6. Srikar Bharat scored 24-ball 32 after Devdutt Padikkal got out for a duck. For MI, Jasprit Bumrah claimed three wickets, including two in the penultimate over.
Nine runs and three wickets in the last two overs as MI restrict RCB to 165/6.
Flurry of wickets. Trent Boult cleans up Shahbaz Ahmed (1 off 3). Kyle Jamieson is the new man in the centre. RCB - 162/6 (19.2)
Jasprit Bumrah returns to remove both Glenn Maxwell (56 off 37) and AB de Villiers (11 off 6) in successive deliveries. 44 runs and three wickets in the last five overs. RCB - 161/5 (18.4).
Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers toying with MI bowlers. Maxwell reaches fifty in 33 balls. 27 in 11 balls for the fourth wicket. 17 runs from Adam Milne's last over. RCB - 156/3 (18)
Virat Kohli goes for 51 off 42. Top edge and sub fielder Anukul Roy takes a good catch at square leg. First wicket for Adam Milne in his third over. RCB - 126/3 (16)
Virat Kohli reaches fifty in 40 balls. First 10000, now another fifty in his 314th T20 match. He now has the third most fifties in IPL, behind David Warner (50) and Shikhar Dhawan (50).
100 up for RCB. Virat Kohli (48 off 37) and Glenn Maxwell (20 off 14) punishing MI bowlers. Already 34 in 26 balls for the third wicket. RCB - 109/2 (13)
Srikar Bharat (32 off 24) hits Rahul Chahar for a six, and explodes into some celebration. But the very next ball, he gets out. Caught by Suryakumar Yadav. Glenn Maxwell joins Virat Kohli (38 off 25). RCB - 75/2 (8.5)
Meanwhile, Kohli breached the 10,000-run mark in T20 cricket.
Krunal Pandya on with his first over. Four runs from it. Virat Kohli (31 off 20) and Srikar Bharat (13 off 12) stand already worth 41 off 26. RCB - 48/1 (6).
Trent Boult with his second over. Srikar Bharat hits the fourth ball for a four. RCB - 15/1 (3).
Jasprit Bumrah strikes! Devdutt Padikkal (0 off 4) caught behind. Just enough movement to induce a faint edge. RCB - 7/1 (1.4).
Trent Boult with the first over. Virat Kohli hits the second ball for a six. Some luck there. Rahul Chahar tips the ball over the boundary at deep square.
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Hardik Pandya returns for Mumbai Indians. In for Saurabh Tiwary. Three changes for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Navdeep Saini, Wanindu Hasaranga and Tim David made way for Shahbaz Ahmed, Dan Christian and Kyle Jamieson.
Here are the playing XIs
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.
Rohit Sharma wins the toss and Mumbai Indians will bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore were given the honours to open the 2021 season. And they didn't disappoint the fans. A grandstand finish at Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai with an unlikely hero, Harshal Patel stealing the thunder. The medium-pacer took a fifer to restrict Mumbai to 159/9. Then, the three big guns -- Virat Kohli (33 off 29), Glenn Maxwell (39 off 28) and AB de Villiers (48 off 27) -- fired for RCB in a last-ball finish.
Two star-studded teams are lining up for tonight's clash. Here's a look at the squads:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Tim David, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Christian, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachin Baby, Kyle Jamieson, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Akash Deep.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aditya Tare, Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Roosh Kalaria, James Neesham, Hardik Pandya, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Marco Jansen, Yudhvir Singh.
Sunday night's blockbuster clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians in Dubai may see the Indian Premier League's biggest stars in action but both teams have looked out of sorts in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. Defending champions MI have struggled in UAE and seem to be missing the comfort of a Wankhede Stadium where playing conditions suit their quick scoring game. RCB also look sketchy with inconsistent batting and a bowling attack that has lacked bite. A Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma match-up always has the sparks for a thrilling contest but for that to happen, the middle order batting on either side have to fire. AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell have to shift gears from here on for RCB to maintain their position in the top half of the table. Similarly, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have to do the job for MI, who are in the bottom half of the table and need to start winning. Kohli is 13 runs away from 10,000 T20 runs. There are murmurs that Hardik Pandya will return from injury to bolster the MI playing XI. Follow live cricket scores and live updates of RCB vs MI here.
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