Harshal Patel took the first 5 wicket haul in his T20 career as Royal Challengers Banglaore restricted Mumbai Indians to just 159 runs.
Virat Kohli won the toss after a while and decided to put Mumbai in to bat. Rajat Patidar, Kyle Jamieson and Glenn Maxwell made their RCB debuts while Harshal’s inclusion ahead of Navdeep Saini did raise eyebrows.
MI also handed debuts to Chris Lynn and Marco Jenson. Lynn dis not start well as he struggled to time the ball. That turned into an awful start as his start-stop calling resulted in Rohit Sharma getting run out in the fourth over.
Suryakumar Yadav continued his great form and his partnership with Lynn gave a good base for MI’s big hitter. Lynn also came in his groove and starting taking bowlers to the cleaners. However, MI lost 3 wickets in over 11 to 16 and it was left for Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan to do the heavy lifting.
Harshal gave away 15 runs in his first over as Lynn took on him. But he came back to take the wicket of Hardik Pandya in the 16th over with a dipping slower ball. Then his reverse swinging yorker trapped Ishan Kishan in front in the 18 over.
In the 20th over, he got Krunal Pandya and Keiron Pollard on the first two balls and then bowled Marco Jenson to complete the five wicket haul. By giving just 1 run in the final over, Harshal Patel ended his spell with 27 for 5 in 4 overs.
Harshal became the first bowler to take 5 wickets in an innings against Mumbai Indians. He is also only 3rd bowler for Royal Challengers Bangalore to take a 5-fer after Anil Kumble and Jaydev Undakat.
MI could only collect 31 runs in the last 5 overs to end at 159. Royal Challengers Bangalore needs 160 to win in 20 overs. Follow here for live scores and updates.