RCB vs MI: that’s the match everyone waits for when IPL 2021 started. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma won the IPL 5 times and on the other hand the current Indian Captain Virat Kohli never had the chance to lay a hand on the IPL trophy. So the 5 times Champion Rohit Sharma puts a lot of pressure on Virat Kohli as a captain. Robot and Kohli makes more headlines when they play opposite to each other rather than playing for India together.
1st match of RCB vs MI In 2021 in Chennai
In the 1st match played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians Bangalore defeated Mumbai by 2 wickets in the last ball of the match when they needed 1 run of the last ball. The man of the match was the Rising Star of RCB in 2021 Harshal Patel.
Mumbai scored 159 runs for 9 wickets loss in the 1st innings with the help of Chris Lynn’s 49 runs of 35 deliveries. Also, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan played good innings of 31 and 28 runs respectively. But the lower middle-order collapsed and they just got 159 runs which were 20 runs short of predicted.
Mumbai Indians – 159/9
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 160/8
Then Royal Challengers Bangalore started their inning steadily with Captain Virat Kohli’ 31 runs. But the game-changer was AB de Villiers with his brilliant 48 runs innings of just 27 balls after the big show Glenn Maxwell fell short on 39 runs. But Harshal got bat on ball on the last ball to win the match for RCB.
IPL suspension due to covid outbreak
In the middle of the season, IPL 2021 was suspended for an unknown time as Corona Virus entered the Bio Bubble created by BCCI.
Then it restarted on 19th September with the match of Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
2nd Match Played In UAE
The 2nd match was just awesome too but for RCB fans as it is the first time in IPL history Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Mumbai Indians two times in the same season. That was historical was RCB fans are now hoping to see their team winning the cup for the first time as well.
It was a must-win match for both of the teams as they lost their both opening matches against the CSK and KKR.
Mumbai won the toss and chose to bowl. But Virat Kohli came with a positive attitude and attacked all Mumbai bowlers from the beginning. But he fell short after scoring 51 runs. But the Man Of the Maxwell came and reaches RCB with his 56 runs match-winning knock. RCB scored 165 runs in their 20 overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 165/6
Mumbai Indians – 111/10
Mumbai was ahead of the match from the beginning of their innings as they scored 56 runs for no loss in the powerplay. But when their openers got out their innings crumbled as the Purple Cap holder took a hat-trick to end Mumbai Indians hope. But the game-changer was Yuzvendra Chahal with his 3 wickets and he also broke the opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians.
The Purple Patel Show in RCB vs MI 2021 encounters
Harshal Patel took 9 wickets in the matches played between Mumbai and Bangalore in 2021. It seemed that Mumbai batsmen had no answer for Harshal Patel. Harshal took the wickets in key moments and helped RCB to go ahead although everyone played well.
Middle Order Collapses for Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians middle never came together as of now in IPL 2021. It is the reason behind they are in the 7th position on the points table. If they didn’t fire in their remaining matches the 5th time champions and the defending champions Mumbai Indians will not qualify for the playoffs.
RCB is looking good in 2021 till now
Royal Challengers Bangalore won 6 out of their 10 matches in 2021 to be in the third position on the points table. They are looking good. First Kohli will want to leave RCB captaincy with an IPL Trophy.