Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday won their IPL season opener
against Mumbai Indians by a narrow two-wicket margin.
Mumbai Indians put up a total score of 159 for the loss of nine wickets.
Australian power hitter Chris Lynn (49 runs off 35 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav
(31 runs off 23 balls) were the highest scorers for the defending champions.
Among RCB bowlers,
Harshal Patel was clearly the shining star, as the right-arm pacer scalped a
fifer with the impressive figure of 5/27.
Apart from Patel, Kyle Jamieson, the Bangalore-based franchise’s new
recruit, and Washington Sundar picked up one wicket each in the match.
The Mumbai Indians
batting line-up required an anchor innings, as after Krunal Pandya,
none of the batsmen were able to cross into double digits.
The top order
performance, too, seemingly missed some fine tuning, with experienced batters like
Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya being unable to stay on the
crease and add to the team’s total score.
Bangalore, on the other hand, got off to a smooth start, but soon
tumbled, as Washington Sundar was sent packing by Krunal Pandya through a
clever delivery that saw the opener caught by Lynn.
looking determined, departed after a score of 33 after Bumrah found his pad in front
of the wicket halfway through the chase. The dismissal broke up a 52-run partnership between Kohli and Glenn Maxwell (39) which really propelled RCB towards their
AB de Villiers took charge of the proceedings after both set batsmen departed, scoring 48 runs off 27 balls to put RCB on the brink of victory.
For Mumbai, Jasprit Bumrah and new-South African fast bowling import Marco Jansen picked up two wickets each, whereas Trent Boult and Krunal Pandya picked up a wicket each.
The win for Bangalore, however, did not come easily as the match dragged on to the very end, when tail-ender Harshal Patel pushed the final ball of the innings – a yorker nonetheless – and secured the winning run.