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IPL 2021: Harshal, de Villiers help RCB edge Mumbai Indians in opener

Ab de Villiers top-scored with 48 in the 160-run chase

abd-villiers-iplt20 AB de Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore plays a shot during the IPL 2021 match against Mumbai Indians, at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai | via iplt20.com

AB de Villiers smashed a 27-ball 48 and guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to a two-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in the IPL opener here on Friday.

Sent into bat, Mumbai Indians scored 159 for nine against Royal Challengers Bangalore. In reply, RCB completed the job in the final ball of the match with South African genius de Villiers leading the way.

Medium pacer Harshal Patel was the wrecker-in-chief for RCB, finishing with excellent figures of 5/27 to become the first bowler ever to record a five-for against Mumbai Indians in the lucrative league.

Opener Chris Lynn top-scored for five-time defending champions MI with a 35-ball 49 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium after Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field.

Suryakumar Yadav contributed 31 off 23 balls while Ishan Kishan made 28 in only 19 deliveries.

Mohammed Siraj gave away just 22 runs in his quota of four overs.

Brief scores:

Mumbai Indians: 159/9 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn 49, Suryakumar Yadav 31; Harshal Patel 5/27).

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 160/8 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 48, Virat Kohli 33, Glenn Maxwell 39; Marco Jansen 2/28, Jasprit Bumrah 2/26). 


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