The thrill was at its peak in the first match of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the match that lasted till the last ball, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Mumbai Indians by 2 wickets. The Mumbai team, batting first after losing the toss, scored 159 runs, losing 9 wickets in 20 overs, thanks to Chris Lynn’s innings of 49 runs. In response, RCB’s team achieved the target of 160 runs due to a stormy innings of 48 runs in 27 balls from Glenn Maxwell (39) and AB de Villiers in the last over. Mumbai once again retained their record, losing their first match of the tournament. Meanwhile, skipper Rohit Sharma, stating the reason for the defeat, said that the team could not take advantage of a good start and the batsmen scored 20 runs less.
After the defeat at the hands of Bangalore, Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma said, ‘I think it is more important to win the tournament, not the first match. I think it was a great effort, we fought hard till the end. I think given the way we started, we scored 20 runs less. We made some mistakes in the first match. We found out about Marco Jenson’s talent that he can bowl under any circumstances. We were looking for a wicket when AB de Villiers and Dan Christian were batting, which was why we were bowling Bumrah and Bolt, unfortunate it didn’t work for us. Obviously the pitch was not easy to bat on.Rohit praised AB de Villiers and said, “AB was amazing and he gave the team the victory. You can say that it takes time to come to intensity. But, there are quite a few newcomers. Many players were playing international cricket, so we have not got a chance to know each other. It is difficult for a team whose home record is very good, but we are lucky enough to be on the field and bring a smile to the face of the people of India. The country is going through a difficult time. ‘