IPL Match 39, RCB vs MI: Post-match presentation
Harshal Patel’s sensational hat-trick and blistering performance of Glenn Maxwell with the bat and ball added two more points in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) account as they beat Mumbai Indians (MI) by 54 runs in match 34 of IPL on Sunday.
Harshal Patel’s sensational hat-trick (to end up on the fixtures of 17/4 in 3.1 overs) and blistering performance of Glenn Maxwell with the bat and ball added two more points in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) account as they beat Mumbai Indians (MI) by 54 runs in match 34 of IPL on Sunday.
Glenn Maxwell, Player of the Match (RCB):
“It was pretty close [to being the perfect day]. I though the way Virat and KS got us off well… Those switch-hit is something I have worked on… It was the shorter side… And my bowling is something I have worked on. I’m starting to see the rewards now.”
Virat Kohli, the winning skipper (RCB):
“Very happy, especially the way we won. It was a difficult start when we lost Devdutt. He came in the second over to try and get me out… KS came out and played some amazing shots. He took the pressure off me. Maxi’s innings were unbelievable. If you don’t try and stamp your authority, Bumrah will get over you – that’s how good he is! You have to be at your level best. I’d give it a perfect ten tonight. We left out 15 [runs] out there… Those are the things where we feel we can get 20-25 extra runs. I went with my gut feel with DC [Christian]… With his experience and change-ups, he bowled an amazing over… What Harshal did was unbelievable.”
Harshal Patel, the hat-trick boy (RCB):
“This is my sixth time on a hat-trick, and the first time I got it – really happy! Pollard is someone who can do damage if you bowl in his areas… so that bluff. I think the way Siraj started – he set the tempo for our bowling performance – and the way Chahal and Maxi bowled…”
Rohit Sharma, the losing skipper (MI):
“Thought it was a fantastic bowling effort. Looked like they were going to get 180. The batters just let us down. The opening issue has been happening consistently. We have to make sure that the batters carry on. I played a bat shot today and got out; I felt that was the game-changing moment. We need to find ways to bounce back from whatever situations we are in. Kishan is a talented player, we just need to understand the freedom he needs, and need to provide him with that. He had a terrific IPL last year… We wanted to give him the opportunity. He is relatively young and making his way into international cricket.”
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 165/6 (Glenn Maxwell 56, Virat Kohli 51; Jasprit Bumrah 3/36) beat Mumbai Indians 111 all out (Rohit Sharma 43, Quinton de Kock 24; Harshal Patel 4/17) by 54 runs.
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