Royal Challengers Bangalore, September 26, set a series of new records as they beat Mumbai Indians by 54 runs in Match 39 of 2021 IPL Phase II in Dubai. Kohli’s men looked pumped up as they ended a seven-game losing streak and were back towards contention for play-offs!
The RCB batsmen scored 165 runs despite two brilliant overs at the death from Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult who gave away just 9 runs in those last 2 innings of bowling. But it wasn’t enough as wickets fell quickly when needed most by Rohit Sharma & Quinton de Kock.
The middle-order of Mumbai Indians failed to step up in IPL 2021, as their likes – Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav were not able to get going. All-rounder Hardik Pandya too failed as he did not bowl any overs after coming back into XI following an absence while playing first two matches.
By picking 3 wickets, cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal ran riot while Harshal Patel picked his first career hat-trick to break the back of MI’s lower middle-order by removing Hardik and Pollard with his clean bowling performance in a span of 3 balls!
Some Numbers To Look At From RCB’s Hammering Of MI
54 – The biggest margin of defeat for the Mumbai Indians in terms of runs came in 2016, and that was 85 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad. This is the 2nd time around with only 60 away from tying that record!
111/10 – Sunday was a historic day for RCB as they were able to knock out Mumbai Indians.
2-0 – For first time in IPL, RCB have completed a double over MI–won both league games against the 5-time champion teams.
9 – Harshal Patel has picked up 9 wickets against Mumbai Indians this season – 5/27 and 4/17. Dwayne Bravo is the only one who has taken more wickets against MI in this season.
23* – Harshal Patel’s total add up of 23 is the joint-most wickets by an uncapped player in the IPL so far. For RCB, Yuzvendra Chahal also had 23 dismissals before making his India debut in 2015. Harshal still has a chance to set a new record.