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Virat Kohli's team ended its seven-match losing streak in the UAE
Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore won the bragging rights against the Mumbai Indians, thanks to an outstanding show by their spinners – Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell – followed by a hat-trick by Harshal Patel. With the bat, they were led by fifties from Maxwell and Kohli which took them to 165 after being put in to bat by Rohit Sharma.
Kohli vs Bumrah and Co.
The pacers against Kohli was the contest that defined the powerplay stage of RCB's innings. While Boult could have had him off the second ball, he only saw a whip being palmed over the fence by Rahul Chahar. Bumrah, at the other end, was on song, coming on early and softening Devdutt Padikkal before having him caught behind with a delivery angled across. The main battle though was against his India captain. The first short ball was anticipated and even though he lost all shape, Kohli was fortunate to get a top edge over the keeper to the boundary. Bumrah followed it up with another short one which was pulled with more control and in between two boundary riders for a six. With that momentum behind him, Kohli began to preempt his attack against Adam Milne. He first danced down for a neatly pierced covered drive and then followed it up with another bottom handed whip over long on for a six. The powerplay gave RCB 48/1.
The middle overs slowdown
While RCB teed off against the pacers, they came screeching to a halt when Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar came on. With one side significantly shorter, the batsmen were left trying to target one side more than the other. KS Bharat kept the momentum up in this period with two sixes off Chahar. But the bowler had the last laugh, enticing a mistimed loft and having him caught at long off.
Kohli, who got his first 30 runs off 17 balls, was then primarily tied down by Krunal – who conceded only one boundary in his four-over spell. Five of Kohli's boundaries came in the first 15 balls he faced but the next 27 yielded only one. He still moved past fifty before holing out to deep midwicket.
Maxwell tees off
While Kohli was going through the slowdown, Glenn Maxwell came up with a breezy knock that turned the heat on once again. He used the switch hit and reverse sweep to good effect to target the shorter boundaries against the spinners. He also took 16 off an over from Adam Milne and brought up his third fifty of the season.
Bumrah vs AB, Maxwell
The penultimate over of the innings turned out to be a momentum-shifter once again. Maxwell, ready to tee off after a fifty was first put off by a wide call that didn't go in his favour. Bumrah's attempted yorker afterwards ended up as a low full toss that Maxwell chipped tamely to long on, ending a 37-ball stay for 56. De Villiers had tonked the second ball he faced off Bumrah for a six and then swatted a short ball with a forehand straight down the ground in the same over. Grated, Bumrah responded with a quicker bouncer that was missed by De Villiers. The short ball ploy continued the next time De Villiers came up on strike against him, having crossed over with Maxwell. And this time, the attempted cut shot only resulted in a caught behind leaving Bumrah exultant. And possibly shaving off a sizeable amount of runs in the death overs as RCB finished with only 165.
The powerplay surge
If it was RCB's captain leading the way for them, it was the turn of his counterpart to do it when his turn came. RCB went all pace in the powerplay and it played into the hands of their openers. Rohit Sharma hit a hat-trick of boundaries against Kyle Jamieson. Quinton de Kock found three more against Siraj and Daniel Christian as MI raced away in the powerplay, knocking off 56 from the target.
Chahal and Maxwell turn it around
RCB's turnaround finally came courtesy their spinners, just as it did for MI. With unequal boundary dimensions coming into play with the spinners, it took Chahal all off four balls to get De Kock caught at the longer boundary at deep midwicket. And in a bid to counter this, MI tried to keep the left-right combinations going by first sending Ishan Kishan ahead of their regular No. 3 Suryakumar Yadav. But RCB reacted by choosing Maxwell's offspin over Shahbaz Ahmed's left-arm spin that could have opened up the boundary-size advantage. Chahal got Ishan Kishan swinging against a googly and had him caught at point while Maxwell accounted for the other big fish.
Rohit, having cleared the long fence once already against Maxwell, tried to do it again but was caught at the fence for 43. Krunal Pandya, who had been sent in ahead of Pollard and Hardik Pandya, struggled for any momentum and limped to 5 before running down the track against Maxwell to be bowled. With a spell of 4-0-23-2, Maxwell had turned out to be an unlikely hero for RCB with the ball as well. His partner in crime, Yuzvendra Chahal overshadowed that performance as he finished with 4-1-11-3.
But both those efforts were soon topped by another star show.
The finish – Hat-trick for Harshal Patel!
As Kohli held back Harshal's mixture of cutters and yorkers for the death overs, the highest wicket-taker of the edition, responded brilliantly. MI were still in with a chance if Hardik Pandya or Kieron Pollard caught hold of a few big hits. But Harshal put paid to those hopes by first having Hardik caught off a cutter while trying to slog it on the onside. Pollard was bluffed the next ball with the field set for a wide yorker as Harshal slipped in a cutter on leg stump that had him bowled . Rahul Chahar was then done in by a loopy yorker that had him LBW giving Harshal a memorable hat-trick. And RCB a memorable win as they bowled out MI for just 111 in 18.1 overs.
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 165/6 (Glenn Maxwell 56, Virat Kohli 51; Jasprit Bumrah 3-36) beat Mumbai Indians 111 all out (Rohit Sharma 43; Harshal Patel 4-17, Yuzvendra Chahal 3-11) by 54 runs