Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Highlights today, Sunday 26-09-2021 – 39th Match (N), Indian Premier League season 14th from Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
MI won the toss and chose to bowl.
Hardik is back for Mumbai. Jamieson, Christian, and Shahbaz in, with Saini, David, and Hasaranga out for Royal Challengers.
Rohit: “Just feel that we have tried everything in the two games we have played. From here on, every game is important. Need to focus on the game at hand… Keep ticking the small boxes and see what we can do as a team here. [Hardik] is very passionate about the game and the comeback. He is playing tonight. Saurabh misses out, and we have Hardik back.”
Kohli: “Would have bowled first as well. Looks like a nice, hard wicket. There is some grass coverage… We have made mistakes ourselves, and not been outplayed. In a T20, you don’t have much time to make a comeback. You need to back yourself… We have done that in the first leg. [Mumbai] are the strongest side IPL has seen… We have had some nice encounters over the years.”
IPL 2021 Points Table
Royal Challengers Bangalore team: Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mumbai Indians team: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.
Rohit Sharma: “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.”
The hat-trick hero Harshal: “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…”
Post match presentation
Kohli to speak now: “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 was 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 you 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.”
Glenn Maxwell is the Player of the Match for his all-round Big Show: “It was pretty close [to being the perfect day]. I though the way Virat and KS got us off well… Those switch-hits 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.”