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IPL 2021: Maxwell’s perfect night, Patel’s hat-trick conjure a nightmare for MI

Glenn Maxwell scripted some of the unforgettable nights for Royal Challengers Bangalore — he shellacked 56 runs off 37 balls, took two wickets for 23 runs and snatched a terrific catch to furnish Virat Kohli’s facet a memorable win over Mumbai Indians. He had two canny accomplices too — hat-trick hero Harshal Patel and comeback man Yuzvendra Chahal.

Maxwell’s excellent evening

To the assortment of typical strokes Glenn Maxwell has reversed—the sweep, pull, slog—you possibly can add the ramp too, as if he’s planning to publish a cricket lexicon of his personal. As if pulling off the same old ramp just isn’t sophisticated sufficient—although a T20 staple, few accomplish it with a excessive success share —he does it the alternative method to his personal utter amusement and with none eye-shirking contortions of the physique.

Twice he unfurled the stroke in opposition to Adam Milne. The primary got here as a shock when nobody was anticipating daredevilry. Pirouetting like a gymnast, he opened himself up, and dinked the ball previous the third man. The subsequent arrived in Milne’s 17-run over — after reverse-sweeping (or was it reverse slog?) him — dabbing him high-quality of the brief third-man fielder, with one other nimble flip.

The Victorian appeared to relish his battles with Milne, who he had creamed for a few boundaries, of extra typical hue, to kickstart his innings. To the spinners, he employed the extra simple switch-hit over mid-wicket, as he illustrated to Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar. His knock injected momentum to RCB’s innings, which was flailing as Kohli struggled for timing. It was an uncharacteristic knock by the captain—he stormed off to a begin, ransacking 28 runs off the primary 15 balls, however within the subsequent 27 balls, he hoarded simply 23 runs, absorbing extra dot balls than common (18). However happily for him, he had Maxwell in (reverse) swinging for the fences.

It was not the final time, Maxwell got here again to torment his previous group. He grabbed the opening-partnership breaking catch to eject a rampaging Quinton de Kock, earlier than snaffling the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Krunal, all of the whereas conceding simply 23 runs. A lot fuss is made every time he underperforms, however on Sunday, he was price each penny RCB had spent to amass him.

Patel’s dream evening

Harshal Patel is already the very best wicket-taker on this version, unprecedentedly so. To this already wealthy haul, and burgeoning status, he added a hat-trick to stub the final flickering embers of Mumbai victory. When he strode in to bowl the 17th over, Mumbai had already misplaced half their crew, at 105. Nevertheless, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard had been nonetheless within the center and had been able to looking down 61 off 24 balls.

However the unsung, under-appreciated Patel knocked the wind out of their sails. He foxed Hardik with a full, slower ball.

Patel, seeing Pollard shuffle, had neatly floated one on his legs. The identical ball, solely that it was pitched on off-stump, nailed Rahul Chahar in entrance of the stumps to instigate wild celebrations, embellishing what’s already a heart-warming story of a forgotten cricketer parachuting to fame.

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