Bengaluru, April 10: Harshal Patel was the star of the show for Royal Challengers Bangalore as he followed up his five-wicket haul by hitting the winning run off the last ball to help Virat Kohli and his band start the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on a winning note.
Defending champions Mumbai Mumbai collapsed from 94 for one after 11 overs to 159 for nine after being put in by Kohli, all-rounder Harshal taking five for 27 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday and Chris Lynn top-scoring with 49.
Four wickets fell in the final over of the holders' innings at Chepauk, with Harshal claiming his maiden five-wicket T20 haul in the first match of his second spell with RCB following his Delhi Capitals exit.
RCB were cruising with Kohli (33) and new signing Glenn Maxwell (39) at the crease, but it was game on when they were 122 for six in the 17th over after losing four wickets for 24 runs.
AB de Villiers looked set to see them home, but RCB were left needing two off as many balls for victory when the maverick wicketkeeper-batsman was run out for 48.
Harshal held his nerve to take a single off the final delivery from IPL debutant Marco Jansen (2-28), sealing a dramatic two-wicket win for big-spending RCB.
Five-time champions Mumbai, bidding to become the first team to win the tournament three times in a row, were ultimately made to pay for scoring only 25 runs in the last four overs of their innings.
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Harshal Patel starred with the ball, picking a fifer and AB de Villiers provided the finishing touch, giving RCB their first win of the season.
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The holders appeared set to post a challenging total with Indians debutant Lynn and Suryakumar Yadav at the crease after Rohit Sharma was run out for 19, but they capitulated in spectacular fashion.
Powerful new recruit Lynn struck three sixes as the Australian and Suryakumar (31) put on 70 for the second wicket before they were removed by Washington Sundar and big-money signing Kyle Jamieson (1-27) respectively.
Paceman Harshal then took centre stage, trapping Ishan Kishan lbw before dismissing Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Jansen in an incredible final over that ended with Rahul Chahar being run out.
(With Agency inputs)