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IPL 2021 Live Score, MI vs RCB Live Cricket Match Score Online Updates: Hello and good evening for the live coverage of the Indian Premier League 2021. The season will kick off with a blockbuster clash between Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be looking to end their title drought, whereas, defending champions Mumbai Indians will be looking to extend their record title-win to six with a glorious cup hattrick. Mumbai Indians head into the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as firm favourites to defend their title.
Having won the IPL trophy a record five times, the Rohit Sharma-led outfit is looking stronger than ever and are likely to give major headaches to their opposition.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), on the other hand, have had a strong squad every season only to have witnessed their campaign derail each and every time. While in IPL 2020, RCB made a strong claim for their first IPL trophy, their season ended in the playoffs.
Apr 09, 2021, 11:39 PM
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won their first-ever season opener in the Indian Premier League after beating defending champions Mumbai Indians by two wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
CHECK THE MOMENTS DURING THE MATCH:
Apr 09, 2021, 11:21 PM
Apr 09, 2021, 11:15 PM
Drama in the very first match of the Indian Premier League! Mumbai need three wickets and Royal Challengers need 7 runs off 6 balls. Who will win the first match of IPL 2021!
Apr 09, 2021, 11:07 PM
Can Mr.360 end the season-opener curse for RCB?
Apr 09, 2021, 10:50 PM
Mumbai staging a comeback at Chepauk! Shahbaz Ahmed departs! Marco Jansen with a great over! Just three runs and two wickets! RCB relies on ABD now.
Shahbaz Ahmed c Krunal Pandya b Marco Jansen 1(2)
Apr 09, 2021, 10:45 PM
The experiment has worked as Marco Jansen dismisses Glenn Maxwell! Maxwell c Chris Lynn b Marco Jansen 39(28) [4s-3 6s-2]
Mumbai very much in the contest!
Apr 09, 2021, 10:36 PM
The 50-run partnership breaks! Bumrah with the breakthrough. However, Maxwell looks more dangerous and will be joined by ABD! Mumbai now need wickets to win the match! Couple of more wickets and Rohit and Co. might win it!
Kohli lbw b Bumrah 33(29) [4s-4]
Apr 09, 2021, 10:27 PM
Apr 09, 2021, 10:25 PM
A 100 meter six from the Aussie! He did not hit a single six last year... but what a way to do that!!
Apr 09, 2021, 10:05 PM
The youngster was struggling against Boult and the Kiwi gets the better of him and cleans him up. Rajat Patidar b Boult 8(8) [4s-1]
BIG MAN MAXWELL ARRIVES! Will he do justice to his hefty price tag? Stay tuned to find the answer.
Apr 09, 2021, 09:57 PM
The experiment has failed as Sundar departs. Washington Sundar c Chris Lynn b Krunal Pandya 10(16) Mumbai Indians still very much into the game.
Apr 09, 2021, 09:50 PM
Virat Kohli looks pretty comfortable right now and this could prove fatal for Mumbai Indians!
Apr 09, 2021, 09:41 PM
The fieldling standards have been poor in this match. Simple catches have been dropped and misfields have resulted in boundaries. 10 runs off the first over.
Apr 09, 2021, 09:38 PM
Washington Sundar opens along side Virat Kohli!!! The decision almost backfired as he caught a thick edge, but skipper Rohit drops it!
Apr 09, 2021, 09:21 PM
4 wickets and one run in that over! Harshal Patel restricts Mumbai Indians to 159 runs. Mumbai really struggled in the end! The team was looking comfortable to score 180-190 at one stage but crumbled in the end. All credit to Harshal Patel who becomes the first bowler in IPL history to take fifer against Mumbai Indians.
Apr 09, 2021, 09:19 PM
The youngster has done it!! Mumbai in real trouble!!! He missed his hattrick but gets his man in the very next ball. Three wickets in the over and no run yet!!
Marco Jansen b Harshal Patel 0(2)
Apr 09, 2021, 09:18 PM
Patel on a hattrick!! He now has four wickets! It is a dream final over for RCB. Pollard departs. Misses the hattrick by a whisker. But what a spell!
Pollard c Washington Sundar b Harshal Patel 7(9) [4s-1]
Apr 09, 2021, 09:14 PM
The young bloke now has 3 wickets in the match! Krunal Pandya departs!
Krunal Pandya c Christian b Harshal Patel 7(7) [4s-1]
Apr 09, 2021, 09:08 PM
Krunal smashed the ball hard and it burst through Kohli's hands and hit him on the face. Luckily hits him under his right eye.
Apr 09, 2021, 09:04 PM
After getting several lifelines the young batsman has to depart! Ishan Kishan lbw b Harshal Patel 28(19) [4s-2 6s-1]
Apr 09, 2021, 09:03 PM
First Washinton Sundar, then Mohammed Siraj!! RCB will need to work on its fielding!!
Apr 09, 2021, 08:53 PM
Another wicket down for Mumbai Indians! Royal Challengers slowly clawing their way back in the match! Hardik and Ishan were forming a dangerous partnership, but Harshal Patel comes with breakthrough.
Kieron Pollard comes to bat. Remember... the West Indian needs just two sixes to get 200 sixes in the IPL history.
Hardik Pandya lbw b Harshal Patel 13(10) [4s-2]
170-180 could be the par score on this pitch.
Apr 09, 2021, 08:36 PM
The dangerman departs for 49 runs!! Sundar ran quick to catch a stunning catch and dismissed the Australian. Two quick wickets for RCB. Nonetheless, good debut for Lynn.
Chris Lynn c and b Washington Sundar 49(35) [4s-4 6s-3]
Apr 09, 2021, 08:26 PM
Big breakthrough for RCB! 70-run partnership broken by debutant Kyle Jamieson!
Suryakumar Yadav c de Villiers b Jamieson 31(23) [4s-4 6s-1]
Apr 09, 2021, 08:12 PM
51 runs off 27 balls! Mumbai Indians in a strong position despite losing their skipper early.
Apr 09, 2021, 08:05 PM
Shahbaz Ahmed faces the heat! 14 runs off the first over! Now it is time for Harshal Patel!
Apr 09, 2021, 07:52 PM
SKY continues his sublime form! Kicks off IPL 2021 with a boundary.
Apr 09, 2021, 07:50 PM
Tragic run out for Mumbai Indians! They finally had a good over but the mix up in the final ball and skipper has to go!
Rohit run out (Kohli/Chahal) 19(15) [4s-1 6s-1]
12 runs in the over but a huge wicket!
Apr 09, 2021, 07:45 PM
Rohit Sharma smashes the first boundary of VIVO IPL 2021!
Apr 09, 2021, 07:42 PM
RCB bowlers doing well to restrict MI openers till now.
Apr 09, 2021, 07:38 PM
Mumbai have won last five matches at the Chepauk Stadium, whereas Royal Challengers have lost all five in Chennai.
Apr 09, 2021, 07:36 PM
Mumbai Indians have not won the season opener since 2012, where RCB are yet to win one.
Interesting to see which team ends its drought!
Apr 09, 2021, 07:31 PM
Skipper Rohit Sharma along with Chris Lynn to begin the innings!
Mohammed Siraj to open the bowling attack.
Apr 09, 2021, 07:13 PM
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers(w), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Apr 09, 2021, 07:12 PM
Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore: "It's unbelievable, bit of a mini break helped me I guess to win a toss. Going to bowl first. They're a side who likes 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. We understand with the depth they have they have never out of the game. Bowling first was a no-brainer for us. 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."
Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians: "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. Recently played a couple of Tests. Need to do what we do as a team, put our best foot forward. 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 Jensen."
Apr 09, 2021, 07:07 PM
"When I look at this ground, feels deceptively small but it isn't. Test match pitch was totally different. This one looks a lot better. New ball will come on to the bat nicely, but the problem will arrive once the ball gets old. Once the spinners come into play, there will be a lot of deviation," says L Sivaramakrishnan on the pitch report.
Apr 09, 2021, 07:04 PM
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and have opted to field
Apr 09, 2021, 07:01 PM
South African wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock will be missing out on the season opener for Mumbai Indians against Royal Challengers Bangalore as he will be in mandatory 7-day isolation before joining the squad.
Chris Lynn has been handed his cap by Rohit Sharma.
Apr 09, 2021, 06:59 PM
Mumbai Indians veteran Kieron Pollard is just two sixes away from becoming the sixth player in the Indian Premier League history to reach 200 sixes mark.
FOR COMPLETE LIST OF RECORDS CHECKOUT: IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians' Kieron Pollard two sixes away from entering an elite list
Apr 09, 2021, 06:43 PM
HOW MANY RECORDS WILL KING KOHLI BREAK TOMIGHT!
Apr 09, 2021, 06:15 PM
While the matches will be played behind closed doors amid a massive surge in COVID-19 cases in India, the question that has been bugging the fans is whether there will be an opening ceremony ahead of IPL 2021?
Apr 09, 2021, 06:13 PM
Spinners will play a crucial role in the match as the pitch will remain spin-friendly and will provide enough turn to bamboozle the batsman.
According to the weather predictions, the skies will be clear and the temperature is expected to be 29 degrees Celsius.
Apr 09, 2021, 06:11 PM
Both teams have faced each other 27 times in the IPL. With Mumbai Indians dominating the equation by 17 wins, whereas, Royal Challengers won 10 times.
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