Bangalore seal a win!
11:20 PM IST - Virat Kohli's Bangalore secured a much-important win over Mumbai under pressure, with his team requiring one run from one ball to avoid a Super Over. Harshal Patel, the hero with the ball, scored the winning runs to secure a two-wicket victory.
This result means the champions are yet to win their first game of the season since 2012.
AB de Villiers out, Super Over in sight?
11:15 PM IST - Mumbai get the prized wicket of AB de Villiers, as wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan runs out the South African legend off a splendid throw from Krunal Pandya. Will the game go into a Super Over?
Score: Mumbai 159/9 (20 overs), Bangalore 158/8 (19.4 overs)
AB de Villiers, the matchwinner?
11:10 PM IST - Requiring 19 from 12 balls, Bangalore are now seven runs away from a win as AB de Villiers piled up 12 runs - with two key boundaries - from Jasprit Bumrah's final over.
Different seasons , different years , different grounds , but AGAIN it's AB De Villiers who has to take the team through.— Jon | Michael | Tyrion (@tyrion_jon) April 9, 2021
ABD, one man army whenever team needs #MIvsRCB #IPL2021 #VIVOIPL #ABdeVilliers #RCB #MI pic.twitter.com/jNjhlI6hpQ
Score: Mumbai 159/9 (20 overs), Bangalore 153/7 (19.0 overs)
Will Bangalore choke in the final overs?
Jasprit Bumrah, the death over specialist
10:56 PM IST - Jasprit Bumrah's 138.3kph delivery may have enticed Dan Christian to go for the boundary, but a certain Rahul Chahar stood in his way. Is this the beginning of the end for Bangalore?
Score: Mumbai 159/9 (20 overs), Bangalore 122/6 (16.3 overs)
Can AB de Villiers be the Superman for Bangalore?
10:45 PM IST - Bangalore are now reduced to 106 for five as Marco Jansen bagged his second wicket of the night. With Kohli and Maxwell out, the pressure is on 'Mr. 360' AB de Villiers - with 505 runs in 11 innings against Mumbai since 2015.
Glenn Maxwell departs for 39
10:40 PM IST - Marco Jansen's slower short ball to Glenn Maxwell sees the Australian miscue a shot towards short fine leg, and his compatriot Chris Lynn diving for a catch. This wicket comes as a major relief for the young South African.
Score: Mumbai 159/9 (20 overs), Bangalore 103/4 (14.1 overs)
Jasprit Bumrah plucks down Kohli
10:30 PM IST - A straight delivery from Jasprit Bumrah hits Virat Kohli just above the knee roll. The Bangalore captain refuses to review the umpire's decision and walks back to the pavilion. This is the fourth time Bumrah has dismissed King Kohli in the Indian T20 League.
Maxwell leaves Kohli awestruck with his six
10:20 PM IST - Glenn Maxwell smashed a 100-meter long six off a Krunal Pandya delivery, which left Bangalore captain Virat Kohli stunned. We are finally seeing the Australian find his big-scoring persona having failed to register a single six in the 2020 edition.
10:15 PM IST - Team Bangalore require 91 runs in the next 66 deliveries. The partnership between Virat Kohli (27*) and Glenn Maxwell (16*) will be crucial in the middle overs. Can they reduce the required run-rate of 8.27 in overs 11-15? Only time can tell
Boult strikes in the Powerplay overs, again
10:00 PM IST - Trent Boult takes out Rajat Patidar with a delivery into the stumps off the inside edge. Bangalore finish their powerplay overs with a score of 46-2. The required run-rate is now at 8.14.
Washington Sundar's struggles come to an end
9:55 PM IST - Krunal Pandya dismisses Washington Sundar with his top edge shot floating towards Chris Lynn. Mumbai breathes a sigh of relief after Marco Jansen conceded 13 runs in the fourth over, the first of his Indian T20 League career.
Bangalore get off the mark
9:35 PM IST - Team Bangalore begin their run chase with 10 runs off Trent Boult's over. A dropped catch by Rohit Sharma could prove fatal down the line. Mumbai must make an early breakthrough.
Are Mumbai losing steam?
9:30 PM IST - Mumbai complete their first innings at 159 for nine in their 20 overs. A couple of failed reviews and Chris Lynn missing his fifty on debut sums up a difficult evening for the reigning champions.
Furthermore, they scored 25 runs off the last four overs, their lowest return since the 2016 edition. Can they strike back into the game?
Harshal Patel bowls decisive final over
9:25 PM IST - Bangalore spinner Harshal Patel bowled the most decisive over of the first innings, taking three important wickets of Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Marco Jansen.
This is his first five-wicket haul in the Indian T20 League and the first of his T20 career. Additionally, Harshal Patel is also the first to take five against Mumbai in the tournament.
Mumbai lose review and Hardik Pandya
8:50 PM IST - A slow full toss delivery from Harshal Patel traps Hardik Pandya. Umpire Nitin Menon's Lbw dismissal decision retained as tracker shows the ball hitting leg stump.
100 for Mumbai, Lynn misses 50
8:35 PM IST - Chris Lynn miscues a Washington Sundar delivery in the long-on direction, and the spinner catches it after a little sprint.
Bangalore strike back
8:25 PM IST - Suryakumar Yadav falls to a wide bouncer by Kyle Jamieson. The tall Kiwi gets his first wicket of IPL.
Surya looks disappointed as he walks back to the dugout.
8:17 PM IST - Mumbai are in the driver's seat right now. Bangalore need to get a breakthrough before the Sky-Lynn partnership flies away. Mumbai 83-1 after nine overs.
Have Mumbai found their rhythm?
8:15 PM IST - The defending champions have switched gears after a cautious start, smashing 28 in the last two overs.
Sky-Lynn partnership hits a 50
8:10 PM IST - Debutant Chris Lynn and Suryakumar Yadav hit the 50-run mark in their partnership. Can you see them going big?
Lynn-sanity is rising
50 up for Mumbai!
8:00 PM IST - With 14 runs off the seventh over, Mumbai reach the 50-run mark.
41 runs in the powerplay
7:55 PM IST - A giant six from Chris Lynn and a Suryakumar Yadav boundary between cover and extra brings the first powerplay to a close.
7:48 PM IST - A mix-up between Rohit Sharma and Chris Lynn sees the Mumbai captain run out for 19.
Rohit scores the first boundary of the 2021 edition
7:43 PM IST - Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma scores the first boundary of Indian T20 League 2021, albeit surviving a catch attempt from Kyle Jamieson. The four will be welcome but Mumbai needs to go up the gears soon. It's been a little too quiet so far...
A patient start for Mumbai
7:35 PM IST - Champions Mumbai begin the first game of Indian T20 League 2021 on a sedate note, with just five runs off the first over. Settling in...
Chahal hits a century, of appearances
Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is set to play his 100th game in the Indian T20 League. The 30-year-old has registered 121 wickets at an economy rate of 7.67. Can he add on to his tally of 19 wickets against Mumbai tonight?
Team Bangalore playing XI
Virat Kohli (captain), Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers (wicket-keeper), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Devdutt Padikkal sits out due to health concerns, thus captain Kohli has handed a debut to 27-year-old Rajat Patidar.
Team Mumbai playing XI
Rohit Sharma (captain), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Chris Lynn, unused in the Indian T20 League 2020, makes his long-awaited debut for the five-time champions.
Virat Kohli wins the toss, finally!
7:00 PM IST - Bangalore captain Virat Kohli wins the toss and opts to bowl first.
Will Kohli break his toss jinx?
6:55 PM IST - Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has a dismal toss record against Mumbai, having won only one coin toss in the last five matches. Will the Indian cricket team captain turn a new leaf tonight?
The powerplay battle to keep an eye on
King Kohli is here!
The champions have arrived!
Our boys are on their way for the #IPL2021 season opener 💙— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 2021
Paltan, it's only a matter of time before we see them back in action again! 😍#OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #MI #MIvRCB @ImRo45 @Jaspritbumrah93 @trent_boult @AdamMilne19 pic.twitter.com/HSnRCiIltA
Brett Lee predicts a Mumbai win tonight!
6:10 PM IST - SportsAdda ambassador Brett Lee has predicted a Mumbai victory in the season-opener. The champions have won just two of their seven matches they played as an opening game, but Binga believes they can turn it around by starting out with a positive result. Read here.
Know the Mumbai vs Bangalore head-to-head record
5:55 PM IST - The Mumbai vs Bangalore head-to-head record in the Indian T20 League is in favour of Rohit Sharma and Co., with 17 wins in 27 matches played between these two teams. Team Bangalore have secured 10 victories in those encounters.
For more stats and insights, click here.
Wondering where to watch the Indian T20 League live on TV?
5:40 PM IST - The Mumbai vs Bangalore match will be telecast live at 7:30 PM IST on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD TV channels. So, plenty to choose from!
Live streaming of Mumbai vs Bangalore will be available on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website.
Welcome to the Indian T20 League 2021!
5:30 PM IST Good evening and a warm welcome to SportsAdda’s live blog for the first game of the Indian T20 League 2021!
Two-time defending champions Mumbai take on Bangalore at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. No one could have asked for such a blockbuster game to raise the curtains for the 14th edition of the biggest T20 event in the world.
Furthermore, it is the first instance where Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai and Virat Kohli’s Bangalore meet in the first fixture of an Indian T20 League campaign.
There’s a lot of action and drama in store, so stay tuned for all the latest updates, here!
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