IPL Kickstarts its 14th edition with two titanic franchises facing each other in the IPL Opener on Friday, April 9; where Royal Challengers defeats defending champions Mumbai Indians by 2 wickets. Harshal Patel becomes Man of the match for his breathtaking spell in which he collected five wickets and winning runs on the last bowl.
Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss earlier and opted bowl first, for the first time Rohit Sharma opened with debutant for Mumbai Indians Chris Lynn in the absence of De Kock. Both looked composed but then got miscommunicated between the wickets and Rohit Sharma got run-out at the non-strikers end.
Suryakumar Yadav and Lynn then built a big partnership in short period. Washington Sundar then bowled a fine delivery and got Lynn caught and bowl, Lynn fell short 1 run off his half-century. Ishan Kishan then played a small cameo but Mumbai Indians batting line-up collapsed against mystery bowler Harshal patel.
Patel took five wickets in his four overs with sparing only 27 runs. While strongly started Mumbai Indians scored 159 runs in 20 overs. Virat Kohli played a unwanted but surprising trick and opened with Sundar, who is a lower order batsmen.
Sundar struggled in the power-play overs and got caught easily in the 5th over, though RCB put good runs in the first power-play. Newly debuted for RCB Rajat Patidar too got bowled by Boult in the short time and Mumbai got in the strong position.
RCBs one of the highest big Maxwell entered the ground and he put a big and match changing partnership with Kohli. In between Mumbai Indians made few silly mistakes in fielding and lost many chances to get back into the game.
Bumrah came in the attack in 13th over and on the 3rd delivery he got skipper Kohli LBW, the match then turned again as Maxwell to got caught at point fielder in next over while Shahbaz Ahmad and Daniel Christian also lost their wickets in short overs. Ab de Villiers though stayed strong on the other end and scored a fighiting knock of 48 runs in just 27 balls with 2 sixes and 4 fours.
De Villiers got run-out in the last over and put the victory on hold though Harshal Patel made it through and got a single on the last bowl to give a studded victory to his team in the first match.
Mumbai Indians: 159/9 (Lynn 49, S Yadav 31, H Patel 5-27)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 160/8 (De Villiers 48, Maxwell 39, Bumrah 2-26)