RCB win their first their match of the IPL 2021 season by beating MI by 2 runs.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli and MI skipper Rohit Sharma

MI vs RCB Highlights 2021 IPL: The defending champions Mumbai Indians is set to face the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the IPL 2021 season. Both the team lock their horns to play the match at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

RCB has never won a match in their last 5 matches that played at Chennai. While Mumbai Indians have never beaten at the Chepauk in the last 5 matches.

Match: Mumbai Indians(MI) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB)

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Toss Details: RCB won the toss and opt to bowl

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Virat Kohli | RCB Skipper

It’s unbelievable, bit of a mini break helped me I guess to win a toss. Going to bowl first. They’re a side who likes chasing. Good chance for us to get onto the park and create some intensity. With the balance we have this year we can do both, but have to understand who you’re playing against.

We understand with the depth they have they have never out of the game. Bowling first was a no-brainer for us. Every year IPL has a different energy, a different vibe. It’s high intensity.

Playing for the same franchise has been an honour for me. Loyalty is a big thing for me. Dubai was great as well but this just feels like home. Great feeling to be playing in our stadiums and for people to watch in our prime times.

Three guys making their debut: Maxwell, Jamieson, Christian is back after eight years for the same franchise. Rajat Patidar makes his debut as well. Padikkal has been recommended rest.

Rohit Sharma | MI Skipper

Would’ve fielded first as well. But as a team, we’ve batted well over the years. Nothing different for us. Bat well in the powerplay and set the game up for the big hitters. The entire square has been changed.

Recently played a couple of Tests. Need to do what we do as a team, put our best foot forward. For us it’s a fresh year, don’t need to look at what’s happened in the past. Fresh year, new faces as well.

Important for us to start well which we haven’t done in this tournament. The last game we played was a final in Dubai. Got only two changes from that lineup. Quinny is in quarantine, so he isn’t available.

Lynn will make the debut. And we have a six-foot eight-inch South African, Marco Jensen.

Playing XI

Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB)

Virat Kohli(c), Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers(w), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal

Mumbai Indians(MI) 

Rohit Sharma(c), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.

IPL 2021 MI vs RCB Highlights

Mumbai Indians Batting

MI skipper Rohit Sharma and debutant Chris Lynn opened the first match of the IPL 2021 season. RCB’s Siraj opened the bowling attack against Mumbai Indians.

Rohit Sharma in his usual way opened the match without any struggle. While Chris Lynn made dot balls to make himself comfortable. As a turn in the 4th over Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed MI skipper for 19 runs.

There comes Suryakumar Yadav – the man who has been spoken in the last year’s IPL season for his calm attitude with aggressive batting style. Chris Lynn and Suryakumar Yadav poses threat on the RCB’s bowling unit.

This duo added 70 runs partnership for their team’s score. Jamieson breaks the partnership by dismissing Suryakumar Yadav for 31 runs. Post his dismissal Chris Lynn too lost his wicket to Washington Sundar and walks to Pavillion for 49 runs. The impressive performance comes to an end with just one run away from his first IPL 2021 half century.

With Pollard’s failure to showcase his performance MI windup by scoring 159 runs for 9 wickets loss at the end of the 20 overs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) Batting

In Padikkal’s absence, Washington Sundar and Virat Kohli made the opening for the RCB. Trent Boult opens the bowling attack against RCB.

Sundar with a catch drop of the second ball of the innings made just 10 runs for his part in the team’s run chase. Krunal Pandya dismissed Washington Sundar in the 4th over of the match.

The debut Rajat Patidar makes the way into the field and joins hand with skipper Kohli. Patidar with a single boundary scored 8 runs and dismissed off by Boult. RCB loses two early wickets but still have its star players in their list.

Maxwell gets into join hands with RCB Skipper. The duo as expected scored a 52 runs partnership and moved the teams score to 98 runs before Virat Kohli loses his wicket to Bumrah while scoring 33 runs.

Ab de Villiers comes and join hands with Maxwell. Maxwell loses his wicket soon after Virat’s dismissal and walks to Pavillion after scoring 39 runs. Still, RCB have ABD – the game-changer.

ABD puts his all effort to make the successful run chase but loses his wicket in the last over of the match. ABD walks to Pavillion after scoring 48 runs. With a single of the last delivery Harshal Patel drags RCB to win their first match of the IPL 2021. RCB beats MI by 2 runs and registered their first win of the IPL 2021 season.

Watch MI vs RCB Match Highlights

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Man of the Match

  • Name: Harshal Patel
  • Team: Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Role: Bowler
  • Stats: 4 overs 27 runs 5 wickets

Absolutely happy to be back. When they traded me they told me my role was going to be bowling in the death and that is something that I have worked on for a couple of years. Happy to be here and with the faith they have shown in me.

I was just focussed on my execution and the most important thing was to make use of my momentum. It is my first fifer in 98 T20s and the fact that it has come against MI makes it all the more special.

I have worked a lot on my yorker. I was always good at the length balls ans slower balls. I wanted to be a bowler who takes on responsibility and that’s what I have been working on for the last few years.