Royal Challengers Bangalore only managed to take five wickets combined in their first two games following the start of the IPL 2021, suffering two devastating defeats. They faced the defending champs on Sunday, and they really needed to win to snap their mid-season slump. And they did so elegantly. Mumbai vs Bangalore Highlights
Glenn Maxwell delivered middle-overs punch and crucial wickets before Yuzvendra Chahal and Harshal Patel, state-mates from Haryana, capped off a fantastic night with impactful bowling performances. Virat Kohli scored another half-century. Patel scored a hat-trick while Chahal went 3 for 11 in the game (inclusive of the key wickets of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard). It resulted in Mumbai Indians losing three games in a row in the tournament’s UAE leg, leaving their title defence hanging by a thread.
He consistently discovered pacer bounds, some streaky and others arrogant. After Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik, and David Warner, Kohli became the first Indian to reach 10,000 T20 runs. Jasprit Bumrah suffered the most, at one point getting dropped for six at the short square-leg boundary. However, Kohli’s shoveled-six over long-on off Adam Milne’s fourth-stump half-volley was the shot of the evening. Royal Challengers were in a good position at 44 for 1 after five overs.
When Maxwell entered the arena, he trusted his own game and refused to let the playing surface or the slow tempo influence his decisions. He twice peppered the shorter boundary with switch-hits against the spinners. Prior to that, Hardik Pandya dropped Kohli at point after letting him off on 37, and Mumbai then burned a review on Maxwell. It informed you of their plight. In the second half of his innings, Kohli’s scoring rate considerably dropped, and he would reach fifty off 40 balls before falling two balls later.