IPL 2021: Maxwell's all-round show, Patel's hat-trick power RCB to 54-run win
Pace bowler Harshal Patel of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Vivo Indian Premier League in Dubai, UAE, on September 26, 2021.BCCI/IPL

IPL 2021: Maxwell's all-round show, Patel's hat-trick power RCB to 54-run win

Dubai, September 26, 2021

An all-round show by Glenn Maxwell and a brilliant hat-trick by Harshal Patel helped Royal Challengers Bangalore register an emphatic 54-runwin over Mumbai Indians in the 39th match of the IPL 2021 here on Sunday.

Maxwell finished his spell with impressive figures of 2/23 after hitting an entertaining 56 off 27 at Dubai International Stadium. He was equally supported by seamer Patel who bagged four wickets in total. Meanwhile, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also shone, scalping three wickets.

With the huge 54-run win, RCB has now reached the third position on the IPL points tally with 12 points in 10 matches. Mumbai, the defending champions, dropped to seventh spot with 8 points.

Patel removed Hardik Pandya (3), Kieron Pollard (7) and Rahul Chahar (0) in the 17th over to claim the first hat-trick of IPL 2021.

In the chase of 166, MI were given an electric start by openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, as the duo brought up their 50-run stand in quick time to take the side to 56/0 at the end of the power play.

Kohli then brought Chahal in the seventh over and he didn't disappoint his captain. Chahal removed de Kock in his fourth ball to break the partnership and gave away just two runs in that over.

Ishan Kishan joined Sharma and the duo kept rotating the strike, frustrating the opposition. However, luck was not in favour of MI captain as a shot from Kishan's bat hit Sharma's hand and the match was stopped for some time. Sharma was wincing in pain. The ball was actually coming straight towards Sharma's face so he got his glove in the way to try and prevent that.

And when the game resumed, Sharma immediately got out as Glenn Maxwell did the trick for RCB. In the next over Chahal removed Kishan cheaply, leaving MI 82/3 after eleven overs. From there on, RCB dominated the match.

Maxwell dismissed Krunal Pandya to scalp his second wicket of the day. The Mumbai batters were clueles and Sharma looked frustrated, in the dugout, with his teammates' meek surrender. Hard-hitters Hardik Pandya and Keiron Pollard also disappointed with the bat. Mumbai were bundled out for 111 in 18.1 overs.

Earlier, Kohli scored 51, while Maxwell smashed 56 to propel RCB to their total of 165/6. For Mumbai, Bumrah bagged 3/36 while Rahul Chahar, Boult, and Adam Milne claimed a wicket each.

Virat and Maxwell were a treat to watch on Sunday night. They thrashed the Mumbai bowlers all over the ground. The power play of the first innings was very eventful. Kohli got an early lifeline on the second ball courtesy of a Rahul Chahar dropped catch. He flicked Trent Boult off his pads to the long leg boundary. Chahar leapt high to grab it but all in vain as he tipped it over the rope.

However, in the very second over, Jasprit Bumrah did his magic and dismissed in-form batsman Devdutt Paddikal for a duck. Coming from over the wicket, he got the ball to angle away sharply and Paddikal's nervous poke at it cost him as he nicked it to wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.

Srikar Bharat then joined the skipper. Kohli took the attack to the opposition with a flurry of boundaries and in the process became the first Indian to cross 10,000 runs in T20 cricket. Overall, he's the fifth batter.

Milne was brought in after the fourth over. And he received a warm welcome from Kohli. First, the Indian skipper drove him through extra cover for four. Next ball, he stayed put in his crease and smacked the overpitched delivery over the long-on boundary

Bharat, too, joined the party as he pulled a little fuller one from Rahul Chahar for the maximum to help RCB cross the 50-run mark in seven overs. When both the batsmen were tormenting the Mumbai bowlers, Rahul Chahar got the much-needed breakthrough for the Men-in-Blue. Bharat went for a slog over long-on but failed to generate enough power on it and Suryakumar Yadav took a fine catch near the boundary.

Then came Glenn Maxwell. The duo continued the onslaught as RCB crossed the 100-run mark in the 13th over. However, Kohli's superb innings came to an end in the 16th over. Adam Milne sent down a short of a length delivery and Kohli charged down the track in a bid to pull him. He rushed into the shot and ended up top-edging it. Anukul, the substitute fielder, took the catch.

Maxwell's masterclass ended on 56 with a low full-toss from Bumrah. The Mumbai pacer struck again and got AB de Villiers out. That proved a great over for Mumbai Indians to make a comeback in the match.

Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 165/6 in 20 overs (Glenn Maxwell 56, Virat Kohli 51, Jasprit Bumrah 3/36, Trent Boult 1/17) beat Mumbai Indians 111 all out in 18.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 43, Quinton de Kock 24, Harshal Patel 4/17, Yuzvendra Chahal 3/11) by 54 runs.

IANS

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