The Indian Premier League 2021 is all set to begin with a battle between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 9. The match will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Both the teams have shared fierce rivalry against each other during the course of the 13 seasons played so far.
In the 27 matches between the two franchises, Mumbai has had an upper hand, winning 17 of them. Bangalore, on the other hand, has only won 10 matches. Even though the numbers might not suggest close rivalry, but there have been several close matches between the two sides. The fact that this rivalry also brings Virat Kohli up against Rohit Sharma every year, is another reason why there is some hype around this clash.
When it comes to the title wins, Mumbai are way ahead of Bangalore, who are still eyeing their maiden title win. As these teams line up against each other in the opening game of the IPL 2021, let us look back at the best matches these two sides have played over the years.
Here are 3 best matches between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore:
1. MI vs RCB, Mumbai, 2015
Coming into the IPL 2015, Royal Challengers Bangalore once again strongly relied upon the batting brilliance of their captain Virat Kohli and South African batsman AB de Villiers. Both the players were in tremendous form in international cricket, especially de Villiers who had just months ago, hit the fastest ever ODI century.
Playing at the Wankhede is never easy for any visiting team as Mumbai Indians have always had their best performance ready for the matches at home. RCB arrived at the Wankhede for a day match and opted to bat. The visitors got off to an indifferent start after losing Chris Gayle in the fourth over. However, De Villiers and Kohli managed to take the innings ahead.
The two batted brilliantly. The South African got his second IPL century scoring 133 runs from just 59 balls. Kohli also stayed unbeaten for 82 from just 50 balls, as the pair racked up a 215-run stand from just 101 balls. RCB finished on 235 for 1. Mumbai Indians fell short of the target by 39 runs as RCB conquered Wankhede on this occasion.
2. RCB vs MI, Dubai, 2020
The 2020 IPL season was played under a tremendously difficult situation of the coronavirus. In these times, cricket fans were almost begging for some good cricketing action. During the early stages of the tournament, a clash between Kohli’s Challengers and Rohit’s army turned out to be an absolutely breathtaking affair.
RCB batted first and some positive approach with the bat propelled them to a score of 201 for 3 in their 20 overs. Aaron Finch (52 from 35 balls), Devdutt Padikkal (54 from 40 balls) and AB de Villiers (55 runs from 24 balls) scored fifties which set a platform for Shivam Dube (27 from 10 balls) to launch an assault on the Mumbai Indians’ bowlers in the death overs.
In response, Mumbai was nowhere in the chase until the 12th over, when the scorecard read 78 for 4, with Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard. With 80 runs needed off the last four overs, the pair attacked the RCB bowlers fearlessly but only managed to pull off a tie. Kishan scored 99 off 58 balls while Pollard made a 24-ball 60. In the super over, Mumbai managed only seven runs, which was chased down by RCB comfortably.
3. RCB vs MI, Bangalore, 2013
Royal Challengers Bangalore back in 2013 was a batting heavy side. But with AB de Villiers out of this crucial clash against Mumbai, they were feeling a little bit of pressure. Chris Gayle, who was ever so consistent for RCB during this golden phase, scored an unbeaten fighting 92 runs off 59 balls. Apart from that knock, the only significant contribution had come from Kohli who scored 24 runs from 14 balls.
RCB somehow managed to put up a score of 156 for 5 from their 20 overs. Mumbai’s run chase started off with captain Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar. However, midway through the innings, Mumbai found themselves in a desperate situation looking for re-building. With 88 for 3 from 13.4 overs, Dinesh Karthik got together with Ambati Rayudu.
The pair put on a stand of 60 runs dragging the match till the last over. Vinay Kumar dismissed both the batsmen in successive deliveries propelling RCB to a two-run win at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Kumar ended three scalps and so did Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai. Interestingly, this game was the IPL debut of Bumrah, who also dismissed his future national captain, Kohli.
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