INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE 2021 by Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Share Tweet Harshal picked the first ever five-wicket haul against Mumbai Indians © BCCI/IPL Harshal Patel claimed 5 for 27 and squeezed out the all-important winning single off the last ball as Royal Challengers Bangalore edged a tight clash against Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2021 opener at Chennai . Opting to chase on a dry and slow surface, Harshal’s exemplary bowling performance kept Mumbai down to 159. But true to their reputation, the defending champions hung in with their challengers until the final ball. RCB’s chase was shepherded by AB de Villiers, whose 27-ball 48 rescued yet another sticky situation. Wait… De Villiers, again? He may no longer be playing cricket round the year but the 37-year-old went on to add another question mark next to that decision of his from 2018. RCB had got themselves into a knot after a 52-run partnership between Glenn Maxwell (39 off 28) and Virat Kohli (33 off 29). On a surface slowing down progressively, they needed to hit 54 off the final five. De Villiers, shunted down to No.5 to accommodate a spin-hitter in Maxwell, hit a six and a four… Read full this story
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