Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by 02 wickets in the first match of the IPL 2021 edition at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and opted to field, taking advantage of the slow pitch of Chepauk.
MI last five games at Chepauk: W.W.W.W.W
RCB last five games at Chepauk: L.L.L.L.L
In the last IPL season 2020, UAE hosted all the matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cricket fans worldwide had to bear the pain and made to watch on TV or online. The stadium was empty, except some officials were present. Still, the world is facing the COVID-19 fear, and following its protocol, the Board of Council for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to play all the matches of IPL 2021 without any audiences. However, some important officials, maintenance staff, and team managers are allowed to present at the stadium. This time, IPL has been brought at the home ground and made available to the public through television or online steaming like it did last season.
Match Highlights of MI vs RCB
MI’s Skipper Rohit Sharma and the newly inducted Australian batsman Christ Lynn opened the match with Rohit Sharma on strike. Rohit Sharma has handed Chris Lynn his IPL cap. Marco Jansen, a 20-year old left-arm pacer from South Africa, also debuted this IPL 2021 season’s maiden match.
Sriraj opened the attack line with his fast pace from the RCB’s bowling department. Skipper Rohit showed some struggle to score or just trying to read Sriraj’s throw in the first over. However, he managed to score five runs in the first over of the match. For some time, Christ Lynn was unable to tackle Kyle’s pace and unable to score any run out of 5 balls he faced. Rohit continued to play in his style and scoring runs for his team. Unluckily in the 4th over of the match, Rohit got run-out (Virat/Chahal) when Lynn sent him back in from halfway down. Rohit was interested in getting single. That was Lynn’s good or wise decision and why he should be run-out instead of Sharma without scoring a single run in such an unnecessary move. But, Lynn still felt heavy to know that the big hitters of his team departed so early.
Taking the responsibility as an opener, Lynn didn’t disappoint his team. Since Rahul’s departure, the big Australian hitters started showing his true color of batsmanship. He slaughtered the experience spin bowling department of RCB with the likes of Chahar, Shahbaz Ahmed despite Chepauk’s slow pitch.
Suryakumar Yadav, the young and promising MI player, turned out to be the number two batsman. Undoubtedly, he also managed to score 31 out of 23 balls he faced. He was taken down by the pacer Jamieson in the 11th over of the match. For quite some time, Lynn played well with Yadav, but Lynn got some little more pressure on his head with his departure. However, he managed to show his calmness and played well with young Ishan for quite some time until he was out 49 by Washington Sundar on the 13th over the match.
The turning point
After the 14th over, the bowling department of RCB showed some excellent skill that the MI’s batting side was struggling to score runs. Young RCB’s bowler Harshal Patel started to slaught MI’s batsmen, and he was able to take down three wickets in his 3rd over. Pandya brothers could not play upto the mark, and the entire run was only 20 when combined. The experience Indies all-rounder Keiron Pollard also scored only 7 out of 9. The remaining batsman of MI’s also barely added any runs to the scoreboard. Marco, Rahul Chahar, and Bumrah could contribute to only one run.
Mumbai Indian made a total of 159 runs in the first inning.
2nd Innings Highlights (MI vs RCB)
Washington Sundar and Kohli opened the second inning, with Trent Boult opened the attack. It was a surprising move from the RCB’s skipper that an inexperienced batsman like Sundar stated the inning with him. As expected, Sundar could not handle the lightning fastballs of Trent Boult, and only in the third ball could he managed to score a run. Skipper Virat faced the fourth ball and registered his first boundary in this IPL 2021 season. Krunal Pandya, Left-arm orthodox, came into the attack in the third over. Sundar was taken down in his third ball, scoring only 10 out of 16 balls he faced.
Rajat Patidar came out in No. 2 and could manage to score 8 out of 8 balls.
Glenn Maxwell, the Australian all-rounder, was in at the No. 3 spots and played with the skipper for quite some time. The duo lifted the team score to 98/2. Till the 13th over, Virat managed to bat and scored 33 until he was out LBW by Bumrah. The total runs on the scoreboard were 98/3.
With the departure of the skipper, Maxwell holds the grip and started slaughtering the MI’s bowlers. He scored 39 runs out of 27 balls he faced. Marco took him down in the 14th over when the scoreboard was 106/4.
Now ABD arrived. He was the only hope of RCB to win the maiden game and break the losing record at Chepauk. However, with the absence of an experienced batsman to be played along with him, he has to play without taking much risk if RCB has to win. ABD played calm, keeping this thought in mind, and managed to bring his team up to the winning mark. He was run-out (Krunal Pandya/Ishan Kishan) when the required run was 2 out of 2 balls. He was able to score 48 of 27 balls. The winning two runs were scored jointly by Sriraj and Harshal.
Player of the Match – Harshal Patel
#RCB kicked off their #VIVOIPL 2021 campaign with a 2-wicket win against #MI. Harshal Patel starred with the ball, picking a fifer and AB de Villiers provided the finishing touch, giving RCB their first win of the season.
Virat Kohli –