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IPL 2021 - RCB vs MI - Chahal, Harshal clean up MI; RCB stay at 3, MI slip to 7

Royal Challengers Bangalore 165 for 6 (Maxwell 56, Kohli 51, Bumrah 3-36) beat Mumbai Indians 111 (Rohit 43, Harshal 4-17, Chahal 3-11) by 54 runs

IPL 2021, RCBvsMI: REB won by two wickets against Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians slip to number 7 in points table. (BCCI/IPL)

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batters and Harshal Patel’s hat-trick helped their team to number three and with it they moved a step ahead to qualify for the playoffs.

Mumbai Indians (MI) batting collapsed after a good start by the openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock in the first six overs. RCB made a comeback in the second half with the help of Harshal Patel’s hat-trick and emerged victors by 54 runs.

RCB post 165/6, at least 25 runs short of par score

After losing the toss, RCB scored 165 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. The foundation was laid with the partnership of Virat Kohli and Kona Srikar Bharat of 68 runs for the second wicket after Devdutt Padikkal was dismissed without opening his account. It was followed by a partnership of 51 for the fourth wicket between Kohli and Glenn Maxwell.

Maxwell scored 56 runs from 37 balls with six fours and three sixes while on the other hand, Kohli scored 51 runs from 42 balls which included three fours and three sixes. Bharat also scored crucial 32 runs from 24 balls which included two fours and two sixes.

The Mumbai Indians bowling is said to be one of the best bowling line-ups in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 which comprises Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Adam Mline and Rahul Chahar. But on the given day, RCB batters Maxwell, Kohli and Bharat demolished the famed bowling line-up with their attacking approach.

All the Mumbai bowlers went expensive in today's match, but Jasprit Bumrah was the most successful bowler who took the wickets of Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers.

MI flounder in the chase with the exception of Rohit Sharma

While chasing a target of 166 runs from 20 overs, the Mumbai openers started very well in the first six overs, but the top and middle-order failed to perform after the dismissal of both the openers.

Except Rohit and De Kock, no other player was able to go to double digits. Rohit Sharma scored 43 runs from 28 balls which included five fours and a six while on the other hand Quinton de Kock scored 24 runs from 23 balls which included four fours.

The pick of the bowlers for Royal Challengers Bangalore was Harshal Patel who scalped four wickets which included a hat-trick and he gave just 17 runs in his 3.1 overs spell. Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets and conceded only 11 runs with one maiden over. Glenn Maxwell with a spell of 4-0-23-2 and Mohammad Siraj with figures 3-0-15-1 also were amongst the wickets.

IPL Points Table, IPL 2021 Points Table
IPL Points Table

RCB move to third spot, MI slip to number 7

With this win, RCB remain on the 3rd spot with 12 points in 10 matches with a net run rate of -0.359 while on the other hand, MI slipped to seventh position from sixth as they have won only four games out of 10 matches they have played in IPL 2021 so far. They have a net run rate of -0.551.

Stat Alert

The most 50+ scores in IPL among Indian players:

Kohli - 47

Dhawan - 46

Rohit - 41

Raina - 40

Gambhir – 36

The next match is going to be a face off between the number 6 ranked Rajasthan Royals and the bottom-ranked Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 27, 2021. The match begins at 19:30 hours IST.

Twitter Reactions as RCB beat Mumbai Indians

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by 54 runs in 39th match of IPL 2021. RCB stay at number 3 position and MI slip to number 7 in points table. Harshal Patel got the hat-trick and took 4 wickets for 17 runs and Yujzendra Chahal's bowling figures read 4-01-11-3. Fans and Cricket exerts loud Chahal and Harshal Patel's efforts on Twitter.

Here are some of finest Twitter Reactions between RCBvdMI:


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