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Top three performances from Harshal Patel vs Mumbai Indians

Harshal Patel has had another excellent outing against his old frenemy, the Mumbai Indians. The Purple Cap winner from IPL 2021 had a number of oustanding games and ended the season with 37 wickets from 14 games, but it was against MI that he was his menacing best.
In IPL 2021, for the first time in RCB’s history, they beat Mumbai Indians twice in a single season. And the trend continued, with RCB securing a thumping 8-wicket win over them last night.

3. Harshal Patel takes 2-23: 18th match, RCB vs MI 2022

The Mumbai Indians were searching for their first game of the season, but it wasn’t to be against this formidable opposition. Rohit Sharma was on the right track, and MI put together 49 runs in the powerplay, with at least one batter Rohit looking set.

Harshal outfoxes dangerous skipper Rohit Sharma

Rohit was batting on 26 from 14, and discriminated little between the RCB bowlers that he attacked. Cue Harshal. Rohit was done in by the first ball he faced of Harshal, deceived by the pace. A slower off-cuter took the leading edge and he tamely tapped it back to Harshal. By the time Harshal returned in the 14th over, half of the MI side had returned with only 77 on the board. He drew Ramandeep Singh‘s edge, and keeper Dinesh Karthik took a low tumbling catch to dismiss him.

Impact on the game

With their strong opening partnership, MI looked like they were running away with the game at the start. Rohit showed clear intent and none of the other RCB bowlers could stop him. But Harshal wasn’t having it. MI never really recovered after that stand was broken, and despite Suryakumar Yadav’s superhuman innings they could only limp to 151, which RCB chased down easily with more than an over to spare.

2. Harshal Patel takes 5-27 : 1st match, RCB vs MI 2021

A five-wicket haul in the first match set the tone for the rest of Harshal’s season. And Mumbai Indians never really recovered from the routing. Harshal was introduced in the eighth over, and was pumped for 15 runs. But he was aware of his role as the death overs container, and more than got the job right.

Harshal removes Ishan and Hardik in the space of two overs

When Harshal was reintroduced in the 16th over, Mumbai were 128 for 3 with heavy strikers Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya rearing to go. MI were on track to score in excess of 180, but Harshal wasn’t having any of it. He removed Hardik lbw with a slower ball, giving away only 7 runs. In his next over, he cleaned up Ishan Kishan in the same way, this time with a dead-on yorker plumb on middle.

Misses a hat-trick but bags 5-wicket haul

Suddenly, from 0-15, Harshal’s figures read 2-26 from three overs but two of MI’s heaviest hitters in the bag. Harshal closed out MI’s innings with a wicket maiden, with Krunal Pandya and Pollard holing out off successive deliveries. Marco Jansen narrowly missed being the hattrick victim, but he only survived the one ball. Harshal then proceeded to knock his stumps over, and MI had to shut shop for 158.

Impact on the game

Thanks to Harshal, they only managed 25 runs off the last five overs, losing five wickets to him and seven overall.
RCB nearly made a mess of the chase, but still secured the two points courtesy of man-of-the-match Harshal’s death over spell.

1. Harshal Patel takes 4-17: 39th match, MI vs RCB 2021

MI’s middle order has turned into a happy hunting ground for Harshal. MI were in pursuit of 161, but were fumbling at 105 for 5. Harshal had already bowled two tight overs, conceding just 11 runs, but returned in the 16th over to destroy MI’s chances.

‘Hat-trick for Harshal, and he’s off!’

fittingly, it was Harshal who claimed the only hat-trick of IPL 2021. And they weren’t tail-enders either, but his old friends Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard. Hardik misread a slower ball and holed out off the first the delivery. Pollard never looked likely to work out an answer to Harshal and lost his leg-stump next ball. The third slower ball in a row landed on Rahul Chahar’s leg stump, and was so plumb that Harshal only glanced at the umpire for confirmation before taking off in celebration.

Impact on the game

at 105 for 5, MI needed 61 from 24 balls. It was tough, but the had two batters at the crease who’d pulled off the impossible before. After Harshal’s spell, MI slumped to 111-8 with their chance of winning obliterated. Harshal returned in the 19th over and sent Adam Milne’s off stump flying, and MI were bowled out 54 runs short.

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