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Harshal Patel’s hattrick helps RCB crush MI by 54 runs

Mumbai Indians’ middle order yet again failed to deliver with the bat as RCB beat the former by 54 runs to register their sixth win of IPL 2021 on Sunday. RCB skipper, Virat Kohli set the tone in the first innings with a brilliant knock at the top of the order. He tore apart MI’s pace attack to help his team to a great start in the powerplay after they lost Devdutt Padikkal early in the innings.

Kohli stitched an important 68-run partnership with Srikar Bharat for the second wicket to set the tone for the likes of Maxwell and De Villiers to capitalize. Kohli scored 51 runs off 42 balls, including 3 fours and as many sixes. Srikar Bharat, on the other hand, scored 32 off 24 balls. Prior to this game, Glenn Maxwell had a poor record in UAE as far as IPL performances are concerned.

However, on Sunday, he played a solid knock and made sure RCB capitalize in the middle overs. He scored 56 runs off just 37 balls before Bumrah sent him back in the 19th over. The MI pacer bowled a great penultimate over and sent De Villiers back to hut on the very next ball. RCB could only manage to score 9 runs in the final two overs and were restricted to 165 runs in the first innings.

Mumbai Indians, once again, got a sedate start. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 57 runs in 6.4 overs. Unfortunately, Quinton de Kock (23 off 24) yet again failed to capitalize after getting a good start to the innings. Rohit Sharma too wouldn’t be too happy to have given his wicket away after getting a half-century. Mumbai Indians, however, were still very much in the game after the end of halfway mark.

What followed, however, was another heartbreaking collapse. Once again, the likes of Ishan Kishan (9 off 12), Suryakumar Yadav (8 off 9) and Kieron Pollard (7 off 10) couldn’t live up to the billing. Hardik Pandya, who played his first game in the second leg of IPL 2021, went after scoring 3 off 6 deliveries. Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell were the pick of the bowlers.

Maxwell and Yuzvendra Chahal got the important wickets of the top order before Harshal Patel ran through the lower middle order with a hat-trick. Mumbai Indians, as a result of that, were bundled out for just 111 runs in the second innings. This was MI’s third consecutive defeat in UAE and with that, they have slipped to number seven position on the points table.

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