Harshal Patel turned the primary bowler to take a five-wicket haul towards Mumbai Indians in IPL.© BCCI/IPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore edged out defending champions Mumbai Indians in a nail-biting encounter within the first recreation of the 14th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday. Harshal Patel laid the inspiration for the win along with his maiden five-wicket haul as he ran via the Mumbai Indians batting line-up in Chennai. Harshal Patel picked up 5 wickets and gave away simply 27 runs from his quota of 4 overs. Harshal’s spell helped RCB limit Mumbai Indians to 159/9 from their allotted 20 overs. Chasing 160 for the win, RCB rode on AB de Villiers’ quick-fire knock of 48 to register a win on the ultimate ball of the match. After the win, RCB skipper Virat Kohli lavished reward on Harshal Patel and mentioned that he can be his aspect’s “designated dying bowler” within the match.
“Harshal is relishing the function. He goes to be our designated dying bowler. Very assured about what he needs to convey to the desk and as a captain you need somebody with that readability. In T20 cricket that is all you ask from the bowler. And the wickets that he acquired weren’t fluke wickets. He really needed the blokes to hit the ball the place he needed them caught,” Kohli mentioned on the post-match presentation.
Kohli was additionally filled with reward for de Villiers and mentioned that what the previous South Africa captain can do on sluggish pitches, not many can match him.
“AB might be the one one within the workforce who’s so versatile. And what he does on sluggish wickets, not many can do. In a difficult chase you want expertise on the again, and the opposition is aware of that if he does not get out, the bowlers get in a distinct headspace,” Kohli added.
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