Harshal Patel turned the primary bowler to take a five-wicket haul towards Mumbai Indians in IPL.© BCCI/IPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore edged out defending champions Mumbai Indians in a nail-biting encounter within the first recreation of the 14th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday. Harshal Patel laid the inspiration for the win together with his maiden five-wicket haul as he ran by means of the Mumbai Indians batting line-up in Chennai. Harshal Patel picked up five wickets and gave away simply 27 runs from his quota of 4 overs. Harshal’s spell helped RCB prohibit Mumbai Indians to 159/9 from their allotted 20 overs. Chasing 160 for the win, RCB rode on AB de Villiers’ quick-fire knock of 48 to register a win on the ultimate ball of the match. After the win, RCB skipper Virat Kohli lavished reward on Harshal Patel and mentioned that he shall be his aspect’s “designated death bowler” within the event.
“Harshal is relishing the role. He is going to be our designated death bowler. Very confident about what he wants to bring to the table and as a captain you want someone with that clarity. In T20 cricket that’s all you ask from the bowler. And the wickets that he got weren’t fluke wickets. He actually wanted the guys to hit the ball where he wanted them caught,” Kohli mentioned on the post-match presentation.
Kohli was additionally filled with reward for de Villiers and mentioned that what the previous South Africa captain can do on sluggish pitches, not many can match him.
“AB is probably the only one in the team who is so versatile. And what he does on slow wickets, not many can do. In a tricky chase you need experience at the back, and the opposition knows that if he doesn’t get out, the bowlers get in a different headspace,” Kohli added.
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