RCB won toss and choose bowling
Hello and welcome to Sportstar‘s LIVE coverage of the IPL 2021 opener – MI vs RCB. This is Santadeep Dey bringing you all the action as it unfurls at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
MI 24/1 in 4 overs: A collective gasp from the fielders as Lynn, having failed to pick up Chahal’s googly, gets an inside edge that just misses the stumps. Worse, it has gone down to the ropes. Rohit puts on his dancing shoes two balls later to go downtown. SIX! WAIT… WHAT JUST HAPPENED?! Lynn has just sold his captain right down the river.
MI 12/0 in 3 overs: The slowness of the pitch is playing on the mind of the batsmen. Rohit and Lynn are both trying to grapple with the odd length ball. But finally… Rohit breaks the shackles to to just get one over the fielder at mid-off. Jamieson, 6-foot-8, gets only his fingers to it as the ball races to the fence.
MI 6/0 in 2 overs: Alright, we have Jamieson to bowl his very first over in the IPL. Oh, almost… Lynn plays hard at a delivery that creeped dangerously low and the edge falls just short of Christian at first slip.
MI 5/0 in 1 over: Siraj channels the first ball onto Rohit’s pads and the Mumbai skipper has worked it away craftily to pick up two runs straightaway. Lynn is yet to face a delivery.
Cricket’s biggest carnival is back in town! And it will be Rohit and Lynn to kick-start proceedings with the bat in the curtain-raiser. Siraj has the new ball in hand. Let’s play!
WHAT THEY SAID
Rohit Sharma: Would’ve fielded first as well. But as a team we’ve batted well over the years. Nothing different for us. Bat well in the PowerPlay and set the game up for the big hitters. The entire square has been changed.
For us it’s a fresh year, don’t need to look at what’s happened in the past. Fresh year, new faces as well. Important for us to start well which we haven’t done in this tournament.
Last game we played was a final in Dubai. Got only two changes from that lineup. Quinny is in quarantine, so he isn’t available. Lynn will make debut. And we have a six-foot-eight-inch South African, Marco Jansen.
Virat Kohli: They’re a side who like chasing. Good chance for us to get onto the park and create some intensity. With the balance we have this year we can do both, but have to understand who you’re playing against.
Every year IPL has a different energy, a different vibe. It’s high intensity. Playing for the same franchise has been an honour for me. Loyalty is a big thing for me.
Dubai was great as well but this just feels like home. Great feeling to be playing in our stadiums and for people to watch in our prime times.
Three guys making their debut: Maxwell, Jamieson, Christian is back after eight years for the same franchise. Padikkal misses out due to health issues. Rajat Patidar is in.
RCB has won the toss and chosen to bowl.
Finaly now removes Virat Kohli‘s loss of toss because RCB won the toss in the first match of IPL and decided to bowling first.
MI Player list
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan
RCB Player List
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Finn Allen (wk), AB de Villiers (wk), Pavan Deshpande, Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, K.S. Bharat
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