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111/10 (18.1)
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 54 runs.
Player of the match: Glenn Maxwell
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That is all that was written for this Super Sunday - a double-header that has seen the two teams from the South triumph at the end of it all. It has been a pleasure bringing the coverage of this game to you, one which we hope you enjoyed just as much. Thank you so much for tuning into our coverage of this contest but do return tomorrow evening as we bring to you the live coverage of the clash between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at this very venue. At the same time, do keep yourselves up to date with all the other cricketing action and news from across the globe here on Sportskeeda. For now though, on behalf of my friend and fellow textpert Bala, this is Sooryanarayanan humbly requesting you to mask up and also follow what Glenn Maxwell mentioned - 'Get vaccinated and hopefully we can travel around the world again.' Good night, take care and have a great week ahead!
What a night for Glenn Maxwell - he is certainly having an IPL campaign to remember and he seems to have taken to this RCB side like a fish to water. This is the Maxwell that the world has come to see over the years and his impact on this side has been nothing short of commendable. Virat Kohli and Co. are back to winning ways and have registered their first win of the UAE leg after consecutive losses to begin with. This is just the kind of confidence booster that the side was after and they will be hoping to get on a winning roll much like they did early on during the India leg, as they remain one of only three teams now with more wins than losses in the competition. As for the Mumbai Indians, this is unfamiliar territory and particularly so for this outfit - Rohit Sharma did mention as to how they have bounced back in the past but with a number of question marks over their batting returns, time is running out for the two-time defending champions and they will have to make a move rather quickly as the tournament heads towards the business end and a number of teams vying for a spot in the playoffs.
Glenn Maxwell (Player of the Match): It was pretty close to a perfect day. We did pretty much everything right today. Virat and Bharat laid a good foundation in the Powerplay. (On his switch hits) It's something that I have worked on over the years and it has become a real strength for me. I try to target that slower side, wait for it and hopefully get under it. I have worked a lot on my bowling over the last year back in Victoria and I am happy to see the results show. We have the COVID jersey to raise funds for the health workers and for the vaccination which is much needed. Get vaccinated and hopefully we can travel around the world again.
Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain): Very happy especially with the way we won. It was a difficult start when we lost Devdutt and Jasprit bowled that second over. I knew he was there in the second over to get me out and get that breakthrough. Bharat came out and played some excellent shots. He took the pressure off me and Maxi was amazing later on. We got a par score but we could have 10-15 more. To defend it the way we did was unbelievable against a strong batting lineup. I have faced him (Bumrah) a lot in the nets. Sometimes you have to get into the face of the bowler. If you don't stamp your authority in front of him he will get the better of you. Against world class bowlers like Jasprit you have to be at your best. Tonight I don't think there was any complaints whatsoever - I will give it a 10 especially with how we were in the field. Maybe with the bat we left 15 runs out there - including myself, I was in the midst of it when we kind of let it slip. (On bowling Christian in the 16th over?) We all had a gut feel - AB and Maxi as well felt so. We felt that Yuzi could have been taken on by Pollard and Hardik so I went with DC and he bowled an outstanding over before we sealed it.
Harshal Patel (Leading wicket-taker in the competition): (On the hat-trick ball) I was thinking that if the batters couldn't read the slower one then the bowlers would not as well so I thought of bowling my slower balls and it came off. This is my first hat-trick and I am really happy. We wanted to take it wide to him (Pollard) and use that option. It came off really well for us. I think the way Siraj started - he is always someone who sets the tempo for us and then Chahal and Maxi were brilliant in the middle overs. We were pretty good under pressure and were almost spot on with our execution today.
Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians Captain): I thought it was a fantastic bowling effort. We pulled things back really well at the back end. At one stage they looked like getting 180+ and it was a good effort from the bowling unit but the batters just let us down. We've had a good chat with all the batters including myself. We have to ensure that the batter who is in carries on. I think my wicket was the turning point. They bowled really well with tight lines and kept the pressure on us. We have to bounce back well - we have done that in the past and that is why we have been successful. (What do you say to a young player like Ishan Kishan when he is struggling for runs?) He's a talented player. It comes with some sort of responsibility as well but he had a terrific IPL last year. We want him to back himself and play his natural game which is to take on the bowlers. That is why he came up the order today since we wanted to give him that opportunity. At the same time we don't want to put too much pressure on him.
Mumbai Indians have been consigned to their lowest score in the IPL against RCB and the latter, as a result of this win, have broken their seven-match losing streak in the UAE.

Setting out in chase of 166, the opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock signaled their intentions with an array of shots, which, coupled with some ordinary bowling and some sloppy fielding on the part of RCB, wrested control of the game in favor of the defending champions. Blazing their way to 56 in the first six overs signaled a long night on the park for Virat Kohli and Co, as they seemed clueless in their quest to prize out that first wicket. So much so, that Dan Christian was thrown the ball as early as the Powerplay but all to no avail!

That was when the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell turned the game on its head with a flurry of wickets. While Chahal accounted for de Kock, Maxwell snaffled the ominous-looking MI skipper who seemed jaded after a powerful Ishan Kishan blow struck him on his left wrist. That allowed RCB to slip in a few quiet overs through the course of with Kishan perishing to an ugly swing across the line. Krunal Pandya failed to get going, neither did Suryakumar Yadav and regular breakthroughs saw the required run-rate skyrocket from MI's perspective.

The last hope was pinned on the duo of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard but that was when another protagonist made a late entry into the climax - Harshal Patel with his dexterous usage of the slower delivery got the better of both Hardik and Pollard and once the game was in the bag with their wickets, he went on to trap Rahul Chahar in front to complete his hat-trick. Fittingly, he closed out the game by castling Adam Milne with a slower one as MI were blown away to smithereens from a score of 79/1 to 111 all out.

Harshal Patel was of course the standout bowler for the Royal Challengers courtesy his four-fer - he has taken 9 wickets this season against Mumbai alone now! Mohammed Siraj sent down a top-class spell of his own but the wreckers-in-chief were the spin twins of Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell, as their strangle through the middle overs broke open the contest for RCB to roar back and seal it at the end of it all.
GAME. SET. MATCH! Harshal Patel fittingly castles Milne to seal the deal for his side. What a night he has had and who would have thought at one stage that MI would be subject to a massive annihilation such as this! Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by 54 runs!
18.1 Harshal Patel to Adam Milne, OUT! Four for Harshal Patel! Bamboozles Milne with the slower one. The length is once again the key. Milne is through his shot far too early. The ball sneaks through underneath the bat and knocks down the off-stump.

Adam Milne b Harshal 0 (1b, 0x4, 0x6)
Harshal Patel to bowl his final over of the game. He will bowl over the wicket.
WICKET MAIDEN! In the 18th over! If RCB ever needed a morale-booster, this was the game! Nothing like overcoming the defending champions and capping it off with a wicket will be the true icing on the cake for the Men in Red.
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111 /9 score
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cricket bat icon Jasprit Bumrah
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cricket bat icon Trent Boult *
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cricket ball icon Yuzvendra Chahal
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17.6 Yuzvendra Chahal to Trent Boult, shortish delivery around the off-stump. Boult gets back and punches it, but can't get past the fielder at mid-wicket
17.5 Yuzvendra Chahal to Trent Boult, beats him with the wrong'un! Quick work from Bharat behind the stumps, whipping the bails off. They go up with the appeal and the square leg umpire refers it above.

The foot is safely grounded behind the crease. All safe in the end
17.4 Yuzvendra Chahal to Trent Boult, well-flighted delivery wide of the off-stump. Boult drags it across to the on-side but hits Milne's bat at the non-striker's end
Trent Boult, RHB, is the last man out in the middle. He will take strike.
Chahal strikes another blow and RCB are just a solitary wicket away from closing out this contest. What a roaring fightback this has been from Virat Kohli's men after being subjected to two big defeats across their first two games this leg.
17.3 Yuzvendra Chahal to Jasprit Bumrah, OUT! Cleans him up! Flighted delivery from Chahal. Bumrah goes for the sweep but his front foot goes outside the leg-stump. He is in no shape to play the shot, misses it completely and the ball takes out the off-stump.

Jasprit Bumrah b Chahal 5 (6b, 1x4, 0x6)
17.2 Yuzvendra Chahal to Jasprit Bumrah, googly on a length turning into the right-hander. Gets beaten on the inside edge and hits him on the flap of the pad
17.1 Yuzvendra Chahal to Jasprit Bumrah, good length ball outside the off-sutmp. Attempts the late cut but it is a wrong'un. Gets hit on the pad
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