In IPL Phase-2, the second match of the day was played between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday, which RCB won by 54 runs in a unilateral style. In the match, MI had a target of 166 runs, but the team could only score 111 runs.
With the win, RCB has 12 points and the claim of Kohli and Co. to reach the playoffs has strengthened. Mumbai Indians have dropped to the seventh position with the loss. This was also RCB’s first win after seven consecutive defeats at the UAE ground.
Harshal’s memorable hat-trick
In the match, RCB’s young fast bowler Harshal Patel took 3 wickets in 3 balls while bowling brilliantly in the 17th over. Patel completed his hat-trick by dismissing Hardik Pandya (3), Kieron Pollard (7), and Rahul Chahar (0). Harshal was the third bowler to take a hat-trick for RCB. At the same time, this was the 20th hat-trick in IPL history. Let us tell you that Harshal Patel was the 17th bowler to have a hat-trick in the IPL. Amit Mishra has taken 3 hat-tricks and Yuvraj Singh has taken 2 hat-tricks, while other bowlers have 1-1 hat-tricks.
Mumbai falter after a good start
Chasing the target, MI started well and Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 57 runs for the first wicket. Yuzvendra Chahal did the work of breaking this partnership by dismissing de Kock (24). This was the 5th time in the T20 format when Quinton de Kock’s wicket came into Chahal’s account. After de Kock’s wicket, Glenn Maxwell gave a big breakthrough to RCB by dismissing Rohit Sharma (43). After this, in the very next over, Chahal took the wicket of Ishan Kishan (9) and caused the third loss to Mumbai.
Mumbai’s 5 wickets fell within five runs
Mumbai got the fourth blow in the form of Krunal Pandya (5) and his wicket came in Maxwell’s account. Mumbai was expecting a big inning from Suryakumar Yadav in today’s match, but once again he was disappointed and returned to the dressing room scoring just 8 runs. Hardik Pandya (3) and Kieron Pollard (7) also disappointed everyone. MI lost their last five wickets in just 5 runs.
RCB could have scored big
RCB got off to a strong start in the match. The team’s score was 119/2 till 15 overs. But after that, the team lost the wickets of Kohli-Maxwell and de Villiers inside the last 30 balls. In the last two overs, Bengaluru could only add 9 runs.
Bumrah’s Double Dhamaal
Jasprit Bumrah bowled brilliantly, taking the wickets of Glenn Maxwell (56) and AB de Villiers (11) in two consecutive balls. Both these wickets were taken by Bumrah in the 19th over and broke the back of RCB. Before being dismissed, Maxwell scored 56 runs in 37 balls.
Padikkal out for zero
RCB had a poor start and in the very second over, Devdutt Padikkal was dismissed for zero and returned to the pavilion. His wicket came in the account of Jasprit Bumrah. After Padikkal’s wicket, Kohli and Sreekar Bharat added 68 runs for the second wicket. The wicket of Shrikar Bharat (32), who was batting brilliantly, came in the account of Rahul Chahar.
Virat Kohli’s Achievement
Virat Kohli has completed his 10,000 runs in T20 cricket. Kohli made this historic record by hitting a six off Jasprit Bumrah. Kohli became the first Indian and fifth player in the world to make this record. Before Virat, the names of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik, and David Warner come.
Virat Kohli batted brilliantly and was dismissed for 51 runs off 42 balls. This was the second consecutive half-century of RCB captain in Phase-2 and 42nd half-century in IPL. Kohli’s wicket came in the account of Adam Milne.
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