New Delhi: Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) were stopped by Harshal Patel (5/27), who took the first-ever five-wicket haul against Mumbai Indians, in the death overs to post 159/8 in 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Mumbai Indians finish with 159/9.
Kohli expressed surprise on winning the toss, calling it ‘unbelievable’ and said that since MI love chasing, they wanted to make them bat first.
MI have won almost double the number of games played between the two teams over the years. While MI have won 17 matches, RCB have won just 9 matches.
Rohit said during the toss, “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”.
“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, Kohli said.
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore (C Lynn 49, S Yadav 31, I Kishan 28, H Patel 5/27) vs Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): 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