May 14, 2021

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IPL 2021: Watch Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore kick off showpiece

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Kolkata: Mumbai Indians set off on a mission which no team has achieved in the history of IPL before – that of three titles in a row – with a potentially explosive encounter against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match of the 14th edition today.

Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai will be looking to continue from where they had left off in the UAE last season, while Virat Kohli’s men will look to build on a fourth place finish last time. The heartening news from the RCB camp is Devdutt Padikkal, the prolific opener who had tested positive for Covid, is now available for selection.

The champions will be missing out on the services of Quinton De Kock in the first match as the former South African captain is on mandatory quarantine after having joined the team midway from the Pakistan series. Over then, to Chennai…

Royal Challengers open with a thrilling two-wicket win

Kolkata: AB de Villiers (48) took Royal Challengers Bangalore to the threshold of a thrilling two-wicket win over champions Mumbai Indians in the first match of IPL 2021 and end their jinx in Chennai today.

After restricting the champions to a relatively modest target of 160, RCB were off to a rocky start as they lost makeshift opener Washington Sundar and Rajat Patidar quickly. A 50-lus partnership between skipper Virat Kohli (33) and Glenn Maxwell (39) put them on course for the title, till both their wickets fell in quick succession.