Harshal Patel. (Source: BCCI)

Royal Challengers Bangalore finally registered a win in the second leg of the IPL 2021 after beating Mumbai Indians by 54 runs. Chasing 166, MI were bundled out for 111 runs.

Medium-pacer Harshal Patel scalped a hattrick and returned with a four-fer.

WHO SAID WHAT?
Rohit | MI captain: Thought was a fantastic bowling effort from us. At one stage they looked like scoring 180-plus. Batters let us down. That’s been something that’s been happening consistently (losing their way with the bat). Have had a good chat with the batters. Those who are in need to carry on. They kept the pressure on us once a couple of wickets fell. Need to bounce back from whatever situation we’re in. We’ve done that in the past. Just not happening this season. He’s a talented player (Ishan Kishan). He’s had a terrific IPL last year. We want to back his natural game which is why he came up the order above Surya. Don’t want to put too much pressure on the guy. Relatively young, making his way in international cricket.

Harshal Patel: I was thinking if the batters can’t pick my slower balls then the bowlers also will find it difficult to spot (referring to Chahar’s wicket that got him the hat-trick). I just bet on that. This is my sixth time being on a hat-trick and finally got one, so pretty happy. He (Pollard) is somebody who can do damage if you bowl in his areas, we wanted to take him wide and then once you drag him wide you have the option to bluff him, that came off really well. The way Siraj started, he’s someone who sets the tempo for us and the way Maxi and Chahal bowled in the middle overs were absolutely brilliant. They were under pressure at the death and we executed really well.

Kohli: Very happy and the way we won. It was a difficult start with the loss of Devdutt in the second over. I got off to a good start and KS took the pressure off me. 8 for 30 against such an unbelievable batting lineup is great. You have to get into the bowler’s space every now and then, especially against world-class performers like Bumrah. Tonight no complaints. Maybe in batting I will give it 8, we should’ve got 20-25 more. I went with DC – he bowled an amazing over, completely shut the game down and Harshal did an amazing job from the other end.

Maxwell: Perfect day. Virat and KS got us through the powerplay and set up a platform for us. I wanted to cash in hitting to the shorter side with the wind going as well. I have put in a lot of work with my state side Victoria and happy it worked. Hopefully people stay safe, get vaccinated and we can travel around the world safe again.

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