Vivo IPL match report: RCB defeats MI in the Tournament Opener of the VIVO IPL 2021, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
The IPL is likely the most anticipated event in the entire of Indian subcontinent and the week before to the first match social media is loaded with stats, clips and images and shows the significance of IPL to the Indian crowd. In a pandemic-stricken India where there is almost nothing to be cheerful about nowadays, IPL is something of a break from-reality outlet from the pessimism of our day by day life.
The 2021 season started on April 9, 2021 with last season’s champ Mumbai Indians going head to head Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. RCB captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl first. Mumbai Indians made a lethargic beginning with their first limit coming after 17 balls. Chris Lynn began gradually yet consistent all through his innings until he was caught by Washington Sundar at 105/3 in 12.5 overs. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan had their impact in the middle order with both adding 59 to their team’s total. The lower order of MI didn’t add a lot to the scorecard as headliners Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard put away for seven. Harshal Patel took 5/27 to limit Mumbai with a score of 159/9 for the defending champs, Mumbai Indians.
RCB started their innings with captain Virat Kohli batting along with Washington Sundar. Sundar was caught at 36/1 in 4.2 overs. Rajat Patidar didn’t last long after entering at three as he got clean bowled by Trent Boult. Glen Maxwell, quite possibly the most dangerous limited overs batsmen, playing along with Virat Kohli. Maxwell played a helpful innings of 39 with three fours and two sixes before he was caught by Chris Lynn at 103/4 in 14.1 overs. In came 38-year-old AB de Villiers and played perhaps the most de Villiers like innings, scoring 48 off only 27 balls and crushing bowlers all around the recreation center. De Villiers nearly had his fifty however got run out by Hardik Pandya at 158/8 in 19.4 overs. Harshal Patel and Mohammad Siraj hauled RCB to their first triumph with 2 wickets and 0 balls remaining.
RCB start their season with a triumph and MI with a misfortune which probably won’t be as terrible as people think since MI have a history of winning the title in every one of their season in which they’ve lost the starting match. RCB will now face Sunrisers Hyderabad and MI will face Kolkata Knight Riders.
The Final Scorecard
Vivo perfect catch of the match: Washington Sundar
Safari Super Striker of the Match: Ab De Villiers
Cred Power Player of the Match: Virat Kohli
Dream 11 Game Changer of the Match: Hardik Pandya
Unacademy Let Crack it Sixes: Chris Lynn
Upstox Most Valuable Player: Harshal Patel
Man of the Match: Harshal Patel
The overall performance from both the teams was incredible. Both team played a very good match. Take it this way, when both teams played their best but it all comes down to the last ball, that match is considered as one of the greats. And that too in the very first match shows that this year is all about who edges who. Like last year it all came down to the very last matches to who would qualify in the end. This Season is off to a great start.