In an opening match of Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians lose their first match as Royal Challengers Bangalore completed a thrilling last-ball run chase to win IPL 2021 season opener by 2 wickets in Chennai on Friday.
With Friday’s loss, Mumbai Indians have lost their last 9 season openers in the T20 league, with the unwanted record dating back to 2013. The 4-time champions have so far featured in 9 IPL tournament-opening matches and they have lost 6 of them. This was also their 2nd loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in an opener.
Things did not go Rohit Sharma’s way right from the toss as Virat Kohli called it right and opted to field. Sent into bat, Mumbai Indians were restricted at 159 for nine by Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chepauk in Chennai.
RCB pacer Harshal Patel was the wrecker-in-chief for Virat Kohli’s side, finishing with excellent figures of 5/27 to become the first bowler ever to record a five-wicket haul against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
Opener Chris Lynn top-scored for five-time defending champions MI with a 35-ball 49 while Suryakumar Yadav contributed 31 off 23 balls before Harshal derailed Mumbai with his superb death bowling. Even though Mumbai Indians is the most successful IPL team ever, yet they haven’t been able to break a trend of losses since 2013.
In reply, RCB were off to a cautious start before Krunal Pandya got rid of a struggling Washington Sundar. Glenn Maxwell, playing his debut match for RCB, scored 39 runs while Kohli, who opened the innings for RCB with Sundar, scored 33 before falling to Jasprit Bumrah.
AB de Villiers smashed a 27-ball 48 to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to a thrilling two-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in the IPL opener on Friday. Notably, this is the time RCB have won a season opener they have been involved in. RCB had lost tournament openers in 2008, 2017 & 2019.