Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Mumbai Indians by eight wickets at the M Chinnaswamy stadium to open the IPL 2023 season for Mumbai Indians on a losing note.
When Challengers performed well in their debut match, five-time defending champions Mumbai were left with several unresolved issues.
After being sent into bat first, the MI top order failed to perform and quickly lost control of the match.
The Mumbai Indians were reduced to 29/3 in the power play. Sunday in Bengaluru, this established the tone for the encounter as the Challengers controlled play.
Tilak Varma was the only visitor to score a goal. Even though Varma struck an unbeaten 84 off 46 balls, it was not enough for Rohit Sharma’s team.
MI’s opening batsman Ishan Kishan was the first to go after being given the opportunity to bat. Mohammed Siraj initiated play by acquiring Ishan for 10 runs off 13 balls. MI lost a second wicket in the next over.
Mumbai Lost Against Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cameron Green, making his IPL debut, was dismissed for 5 off 4 balls by Reece Topley’s yorker in the fourth over.
Rohit was the following to go. He batted excruciatingly slowly before Akash Deep dismissed the MI skipper for only 1 off 10.
T20 specialist Suryakumar Yadav was unable to save Mumbai, retreating to the bench with 15 runs off 16 balls. At one time, Michigan appeared unlikely to surpass 150 points.
In response to MI’s score of 171, which the Challengers made seem like a stroll in the park, Varma’s six helped the Indians achieve a total of 171.
The RCB bowlers blasted in tandem, while the Challengers produced five different wicket-takers throughout the game.
After restraining MI, the RCB openers Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis led the home team to victory with 22 balls remaining.
While MI is the most successful team in the IPL, their lackluster performance in the opening game allowed Challengers to begin their quest for their first IPL title with a convincing victory.