Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by two wickets to begin their IPL 2021 journey in style while the defending champions have yet again lost the opening matches of their IPL season. This is now the ninth straight season Mumbai Indians have lost the opening match of their IPL season.
Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj take a quick single despite Jasprit Bumrah's superb fielding at short fine leg. RCB win the match off the final ball with two wickets remaining. Mumbai Indians once again lose their opening match.
OUT! AB de Villiers is run out with RCB still two runs short of victory. There was no two runs there. But De Villiers had to go for it and in the end loses his wicket. ERCB needs two from two deliveries with Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel at the crease.
OUT! Kyle Jamieson has sacrificed his wicket to bring AB de Villiers to the strike. Jamieson smashes it hard and straight down the ground at the bowler. Bumrah stops it with his leg and then removed the bails with Jamieson well short of his crease. Jamieson run out (Bumrah) 4(4)
OUT! Jasprit Bumrah returns to the attack and removes Daniel Christian to bring Mumbai Indians back in the contest. Christian saw a half-length delivery and slapped it straight to Rahul Chahar at point. The late flurry of wickets have brought back Mumbai in the match. Christian c Rahul Chahar b Bumrah 1(3)
OUT! Shahbaz Ahmed now departs after pulling straight to Krunal Pandya at deep square-leg. Marcon Jansen picks his second wicket. Ahmed saw a length delivery and pulled it but only manages a top-edge to Krunal Pandya. Shahbaz Ahmed c Krunal Pandya b Marco Jansen 1(2)
OUT! Marco Jansen has picked his maiden IPL wicket and it's the Big Show. Glenn Maxwell departs after pulling to Chris Lynn at short fine-leg. Lynn takes a fine diving catch. The ball was there to be hit but Maxwell failed to read the pace of the ball and mistimed it. Maxwell c Chris Lynn b Marco Jansen 39(28)
OUT! Jasprit Bumrah strikes but is it all too late. Virat Kohli is trapped plumb in front of the wicket. The RCB captain had shuffled a bit too much towards the off-stump and is struck right in the middle. He departs for a well-made 33 that has put RCB in command of the chase. Kohli lbw b Bumrah 33(29)
Royal Challengers Bangalore are well placed at the halfway stage of their innings. RCB are on 75/2 with Virat Kohli (29) and Glenn Maxwell (18) at the crease and looking good so far in their 35-run stand.
OUT! Trent Boult now strikes and gets the wicket of debutant Rajat Patidar. The Madhya Pradesh cricketer looked good during his brief stay at the crease. But he failed to read the knuckle ball from Boult and thick-edged the ball into his stumps. Rajat Patidar b Boult 8(8)
Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are up against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the season opener of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The much-awaited encounter takes place at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, and both teams are aiming to make a winning start to their campaign. Although the two sides had entirely different journeys in IPL, there won’t be much difference in their intent of making a winning start. Moreover, this game marks IPL’s return to India after a gap of two years, and many eyes would be on the fixture. Meanwhile, fans must stay tuned for the live updates, scorecard and commentary of the MI vs RCB clash. Mumbai Indians vs Challengers Bangalore Preview: Likely Playing XIs, Key Battles, Head to Head and Other Things You Need to Know About VIVO IPL 2021 Match 1.
While Rohit Sharma’s men have lifted the title a whopping five times, the trophy is still elusive for Virat Kohli’s RCB, and they’ll like to end their drought this season. Both sides are studded with T20 stalwarts but MI are definite favourites for this clash thanks to their well-settled combination. Skipper Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav will have the onus in the batting department, while Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult would be entrusted with the bowling duty. IPL 2021 Schedule in PDF for Free Download: Get Indian Premier League 14 Venues, Full Time Table, Fixtures and Match Timings in IST.
On the other hand, RCB will once again rely on their dynamic duo Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, while Glenn Maxwell’s inclusion has made the batting line-up even more formidable. In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj will handle the mantle alongside Kiwi pacer Kyle Jamieson. The side looks potent on paper, but they need to come together as a unit to thrash Mumbai Indians. How To Watch MI vs RCB IPL 2021 Live Streaming Online in India?
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers(w), Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel, Adam Zampa, Sachin Baby, Srikar Bharat, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed
Mumbai Indians Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Piyush Chawla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Adam Milne, Chris Lynn, Jayant Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Quinton de Kock, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Arjun Tendulkar, Marco Jansen, Yudhvir Singh