- This is the first win for RCB after 7 consecutive defeats in the UAE.
- Harshal became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the current season of IPL.
- Harshal Patel dismissed Hardik, Pollard and Rahul Chahar in successive deliveries
The Royal Challengers Bangalore team, captained by Virat Kohli, managed to register their maiden victory in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 on Sunday. In this victory, RCB pacer Harshal Patel dominated, who took a total of 4 wickets including a hat-trick.
Harshal became the third bowler from RCB to take a hat-trick in the IPL and the 17th overall. ‘Purple’ cap holder Harshal took four wickets for 17 runs. RCB beat 5-time champions Mumbai Indians by 54 runs.
Captain Virat Kohli’s 51 was followed by a half-century from all-rounder Glenn Maxwell (56 runs) as RCB posted a respectable score of 165 for six. Maxwell also took two wickets in the bowling. He was adjudged player of the match.
In the 17th over, Harshal took three wickets in three consecutive balls.
When Mumbai Indians needed 61 runs to win in the last 4 overs, then all-rounders like Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard were present at the crease. In the first three balls of the 17th over of Mumbai’s innings, 30-year-old Harshal Patel completed his first hat-trick in the IPL by dismissing Pandya, Pollard and Rahul Chahar.
Harshal and Virat started running in the field as soon as they completed the hat-trick
Harshal Patel hat-trick Celebration started running in the field as soon as he completed the hat-trick. Captain Virat Kohli also joined Patel’s joy and he too started chasing to catch the fast bowler. However, later Kohli caught Patel and both the players expressed happiness in their own style. The celebration video of Harshal and Kohli is becoming very viral on social media at this time.
Mumbai’s team was reduced to 111 runs in 18.1 overs.
The team of defending champion Mumbai Indians (RCB vs MI) was reduced to 111 runs in 18.1 overs. Interestingly, Patel had taken 5 wickets against Mumbai Indians in the first leg of this IPL season in India. With this win, RCB have 12 points and remain in third place. Mumbai Indians have slipped to 7th place after this defeat.