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De Villiers stars as Bangalore win IPL opener

  • Published at 01:23 am April 10th, 2021
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RCB's AB de Villiers plays a shot during their IPL opener against MI in Chennai Friday

The 14th edition of the popular T20 tournament kickstarted in Chennai as Kohli's RCB chased down a target of 160 to win by two wickets

South Africa's AB de Villiers hit a quickfire 48 as Royal Challengers Bangalore prevailed in a last-ball thriller against holders Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League opener played behind closed doors Friday.

The 14th edition of the popular Twenty20 tournament kickstarted in Chennai as Virat Kohli's Bangalore chased down a target of 160 to win by two wickets.

De Villiers single-handedly lifted the team from a precarious 122/6 to take the chase into the final over, but he got run out on the fourth ball.

Harshal Patel, who claimed five wickets to restrict Mumbai to 159/9 in their 20 overs, got the winning run in a tense finish.

Kohli won the toss and elected to field first at the start of the 52-day tournament that concludes on May 30.

Kohli said he "felt like home" on IPL's return to India after last year's edition took place in the United Arab Emirates due to the pandemic.

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Glenn Maxwell, who was bought by Bangalore for $1.95m in an intense February auction, got going with his captain in a key partnership of 52.

Kohli fell to Mumbai fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah for 33 and Maxwell, promoted to No 4, fell to tall South African quick Marco Jansen for 39 as Bangalore faltered.

But De Villiers soon took charge as he hit four fours and two sixes in his 27-ball knock.

Earlier Patel struck three times in the final over of the Mumbai innings to set up victory for a side searching its first IPL title.

Bangalore batsman Devdutt Padikkal missed the game after he was one of the four IPL players to test positive for Covid-19 ahead of the gala event.

All eight teams are in strict bio-bubbles as case numbers in India have skyrocketed to more than 130,000 a day since players arrived to prepare for the eight-week spectacle.

Chennai Super Kings, led by former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will take on Delhi Capitals in Mumbai Saturday.

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