Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) by 54 runs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Harshal Patel and Glenn Maxwell were the main attractions for RCB behind the comprehensive win over the defending champions.
Harshal shined with the ball and picked up his maiden hat-trick in the cash-rich league. The right armer sent back Hardik Pandya (3), Kieron Pollard (7) and Rahul Chahar (0) in successive deliveries to complete his hat-trick.
Most wickets by an uncapped player in a season:
- 23 – Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB, 2015)
- 23 – Harshal Patel (RCB, 2021)*
- 21 – Sreenath Aravind (RCB, 2011)
- 21 – Siddarth Kaul (SRH, 2018)
Eventually, MI were all-out for 111 in 18.1 overs despite a great start. The Rohit Sharma-led side lost 10 wickets for 54 runs after 57 for no loss at one stage.
Earlier, RCB posted 165/6 in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to a remarkable knock by Maxwell. The Aussie justified his million-dollar contract with his all-round performance.
Maxwell scored 56 from 37 deliveries to help his side reach a respectable total. Then with the ball, the Victorian picked up a couple of scalps for 23 runs in his quota of 10 overs. Apart from Maxi, RCB skipper Virat Kohli continued his good form and smashed yet another fifty. He made 51 off 42 balls and also completed 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Purple patel. Hattrick patel Outstanding use of variation by Harshal patel.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 26, 2021
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) September 26, 2021
This is a great result for @RCBTweets. I think they have done enough to qualify.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 26, 2021
HAT-TRICK! You bloody beauty! Wah! Wah! BRILLIANT! Harshal Patel, brilliant. 🔥#RCBvMI
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) September 26, 2021
🏏😎 HARSHAL ON SONG! Harshal Patel has set the stage on fire with his Hattrick, and how 🤩
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) September 26, 2021
Superb from @RCBTweets Virat some perfect bowling changes tonight and @yuzi_chahal @Gmaxi_32 Harshal and @mdsirajofficial responded to the captains call superbly. Mumbai is all of a sudden staring at a underwhelming middle order. Badly need answers.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 26, 2021
9 for 44 from Harshal Patel v MI in 2021 includes a five-wicket haul & a hat-trick too
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 26, 2021
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) September 26, 2021
Harshal Patel now has a fifer and a hattrick against MI in the same season. 🔥🔥🔥
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 26, 2021
What a season this has been for Harshal Patel. He's grown and used his skills perfectly on these decks. Superb stuff.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) September 26, 2021
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) September 26, 2021
What a win comeback win for #RCB– Defending 166 runs, #MI was 93 for 3 from 13 overs then bowled out them for 111 runs and won the match by 54 runs. This is one victory to cherish after losing 3 consecutive matches.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 26, 2021